Joint Statement from Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson on Contract Negotiations  

Thursday, September 26, 2019 

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and CPS CEO Dr. Janice K. Jackson released the following joint statement regarding the bargaining process with the Chicago Teachers Union. 

“As a City, we make promises to our children, including ensuring that every single student receives a high-quality education that allows them to live up to their full potential and fulfill their dreams. Teachers are essential to that promise, and we are grateful for the hard work they put in every day for our students. For the past several months, the City's and CPS's bargaining teams have engaged with teachers in a good faith effort to create an inclusive process that listens to their concerns and ideas on how to improve our schools, input which is now reflected in the historic offer that supports our shared progressive values and desire for every child to be equally prepared for success. We’ve committed to increasing critical support staff to record levels and presented an offer that would boost teacher pay by 16 percent over the next five years, making Chicago’s teachers among the highest compensated in the nation. As the product of public school systems ourselves, we know firsthand how hard our teachers work, and we celebrate their engagement and tenacity during the bargaining process over these past months. We are committed to doing everything we can to finalize a deal that is sustainable for all Chicagoans and for our City’s future, that respects our teachers, and continues our students’ record-breaking success for years to come.”


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