Chicago strike likely to affect other Illinois school districts
SPRINGFIELD – Parents across Illinois may want to take a close look at the Chicago teacher strike and what it produced. It could affect their local schools for years to come.
Management and labor in other parts of the state will scrutinize the Chicago deal to see what pieces can be adapted to their local needs, experts say. Decisions on how to include student performance in teacher evaluations, required by recent statewide education laws, will be of huge interest. So will seemingly mundane issues like reducing teachers’ paperwork or protecting them from abusive principals.
Both sides of the negotiating table will also look at the big picture, experts predict. They’ll see that Chicago teachers went on strike, largely kept parents on their side and managed to win some concessions.
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