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‘It’s about time’: Rogers Park and Edgewater Students Return to School as Teachers Strike Reaches an End

Matthew Mata | The PhoenixAfter 11 days without classes, the CTU reached a tentative agreement Oct. 31 with Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike is over after 11 missed school days, and Rogers Park and Edgewater students will be among the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students returning to school Friday. 

The CTU reached a tentative agreement Oct. 31 with Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS in which it was decided to make up five of the missed school days, according to the CTU’s website

Some members of the CTU will review the agreement, and, within 10 days, all members will take a vote to determine whether or not to ratify it, the CTU’s website said. What the agreement says can’t be determined, as it can only be viewed by members of the CTU.

The CTU called for increased pay, smaller class sizes and fully staffed schools during the strike, The Phoenix reported. 

Marcos Sandoval, a senior at Nicholas Senn High School in Edgewater, said the end of the strike came “just in the knick of time” for himself and other seniors, as the deadline for early decision college applications is Friday. He said seniors submitting early decision applications will now be able to get last minute help from their teachers. 

“It’s time to go back to school and do the work we’re supposed to do,” Sandoval said. 

The end of the strike also comes as a relief to parents like Alison Guerrin, a resident of Rogers Park with two daughters and a son in CPS. Guerrin said she’s “thrilled” the strike is over and is glad she doesn’t have to ask other parents to watch her kids while she goes to work anymore.

Despite the stress the strike caused for her family, Guerrin said she supports the fight for equal education for all CPS kids. 

“I’m really proud of the teachers,” Guerrin said. “They really stuck up for all the kids in Chicago.”

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