Chicago charter schools teachers walk out

Educators with Acero charter schools strike outside the Veterans Memorial Charter School Campus, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, in Chicago. Hundreds of teachers have gone on strike at the Chicago charter school network, leading to canceled classes for thousands of students. (Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago teachers have launched the first major charter school strike. The teachers and their union charge that the “independent” schools are overcrowded and underfunded. Charter schools are being used to create a second tier in the teaching profession, the union says.

The strike of 550 teachers and paraprofessionals in 15 charter schools is for pay equality with public school wages, more resources for students and smaller class sizes.

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