Illinois Network of Charter Schools and Unions

In an attempt to close its deficit this year, the CPS raised property taxes to the maximum extent allowed by law and drained all its reserves.In this fiscal climate, teachers want a raise that the district cannot afford. Is this problem intractable? Hardly, according to Illinois Network of Charter Schools President Andrew Broy.

Among the 116 charter schools in Chicago that are in our network, 10 have independent unions representing teachers in negotiations with school management. These schools have been able to reach agreements, largely by acknowledging that expenses must be in line with revenue. Management and teachers at these schools have balanced their books, extended the school day, and recognized the critical contributions teachers make in creating successful schools.

This sort of solutions-based teamwork should be a model of partnership for the city.


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