CTU and management bargained late into Monday, but remain far apart on issues that include probation, special education needs.
- 7:30 a.m. TODAY, Tuesday, June 8: socially distanced press conference with educators, parents. Urban Prep Englewood campus, 6201 S. Stewart Ave.
CHICAGO — Educators at three Urban Prep campuses will hold a press conference at 7:30 a.m. TODAY, Tuesday, June 8 at Urban Prep’s Englewood campus, located at 6201 S. Stewart Ave., to talk about next steps in their efforts to land a fair contract and reopen schools. Educators went on strike Monday at Urban Prep’s three campuses: West, Englewood and Bronzeville. Despite numerous requests from striking teachers to continue negotiations, Urban Prep management did not agree to meet again until 5:30 p.m. Monday. The parties bargained late into Monday night, but despite some productive conversations, Urban Prep was not willing to compromise on several of the teachers’ key issues to reach an agreement.
Sticking points include Urban Prep’s refusal to enshrine students’ special education rights in enforceable contract language, and management’s insistence on an extended period to fire educators even if highly qualified, despite the charter operator’s notoriously high teacher turnover rate.