What CPS parents need to know heading into new school year

Sep 6, 2016 by

Teachers’ strike? Budget crisis? Here’s what Chicago Public Schools parents need to know as the 2016-17 school year starts Tuesday.

Tuesday marks the first day of class for the more than 360,000 students enrolled in Chicago’s public school system, but the possibility of another teachers’ strike still looms.

The Chicago Public Schools faces a historic budget shortfall, too.

So what do parents need to know heading into the 2016-17 school year? Here are seven pertinent questions and answers:

1. Is a teachers strike coming?

Maybe, but not immediately.

Chicago’s teachers are working under a contract that expired on June 30, 2015. All the legal steps that the state makes teachers complete in order to strike have been carried out — including a strike-authorization vote and both the union and Board of Education submitting their “best offers” on a contract to an arbitrator.

The House of Delegates — a group of about 800 union members that governs the Chicago Teachers Union — will meet Wednesday to discuss whether CTU’s 25,000 members should strike for the second time since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.

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