Chicago students are finally returning to school after 11-day strike ends

by Daniel Payne · Nov 1st, 2019 3:56 pm

Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 4:27 pm

After nearly two weeks of public school teachers striking in the Chicago, roughly 300,000 public school students are returning to the classroom after the strike’s end on Friday.

A deal struck between the city’s public school system and the Chicago Teachers Union on Thursday will guarantee smaller class sizes and more administrative support staff, including nurses and social workers. The school system pledged $35 million per year to bring class sizes down to the level desired by the union.

From its official Twitter account on Thursday, the Chicago public school system notified attendants that classes would resume on Friday, declaring: “Welcome back, everyone!”

The union was also able to negotiate an extra five days added to the school calendar, a partial remedy for the 11 days teachers had been striking.