The South Park Education Association unanimously decided to continue striking today for their students’ futures. The vote at the member meeting follows resounding community scorn for the District’s lack of transparency at Thursday’s public school board meeting, SPEA’s unanimous rejection Saturday of the District’s inadequate “take it or leave it” offer, and a spirited community meeting Sunday showing overwhelming support for Park County educators. “No educator wants to be on strike, but we care too much about the future of this District to cave into the demands of a lame-duck school board majority. Their days are numbered and they should step down now to let real leaders, who care about our educators and students, step in and make impactful decisions about our long-term future,” said SPEA President Taya Mastrobuono, an elementary school teacher. Read the latest press release here.
Our union sisters and brothers in the Windy City are fighting for better pay and benefits, fully staffed schools, smaller class sizes, and justice for students and families (including affordable housing, sanctuary schools, Community Schools and restorative justice). Check out this page from the Chicago Teachers Union to learn more about the issues at stake in the fight for a contract Chicago deserves.