CHICAGO—It is day three of a strike for the schools students deserve at Instituto del Progreso Latino. Progress at the bargaining table has come at a snail’s pace. This strike was completely avoidable by the charter school operator, but regrettably Instituto’s school leaders and board of directors have failed to put the interests the community they committed to serve first.
Educators took a stand to make sure Instituto del Progreso Latino fulfills its mission to provide immigrant students an education. Currently, the school has 10 vacancies in core subject areas, zero special education teachers, and lacks bilingual education services. It took 2 years for Instituto’s management to reach an agreement with the union on sanctuary protections for students and staff. Management can do the right thing and agree to a staffing and compensation package that will recruit and retain educators, provide needed student services and stabilize our schools.
The unionized educators, families and students of Instituto need a fair contract that prioritizes children and brings stability and care to the classroom. To guarantee that happens, educators will continue to be on strike until they win the schools our children deserve.
On Thursday afternoon, Instituto’s union educators and members of the community will gather at Fifth Third Bank to deliver a letter of concern to Reina Goodman, Chair of the Board of Directors of Instituto del Progreso Latino, requesting she intervene to end the strike and settle a fair contract.
|Joint Letter Delivery
|Instituto Educators and Community Members
|Thursday, February 8, 2024, 1pm
|Fifth Third Bank
4800 N. Western Avenue
6:30 AM-9:30 AM, 2520 S. Western Ave