Parents support Teacher Rights in Trib
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As Chicago Public Schools parents, we eagerly await the release next Monday of the independent fact-finder’s report on contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS. We worry about the possibility of a strike and what it might mean for our children; however, first and foremost, we support our children’s teachers in their fight for fair compensation, job stability, and classroom and school atmospheres that will allow them to better teach our children.
As active parents in Chicago’s neighborhood schools, we see day in and day out the hard and important work that our teachers are doing in our schools. Our organization is made up of African-American and Latino parents from across the city who are working for the right for all of our children to receive a quality education.
Since our founding in 2003, we have pushed for discipline policies and practices that don’t criminalize our youth and push them out of school, recess to be brought back to schools so students can have a much-needed break in the day and a solid early-education experience so our children can have a better chance at success.
Our belief in the basic rights of students extends to their teachers as well. If teachers are to teach our children effectively, we can’t expect them to do so without a framework that supports their dignity and gives them what they need to do the job right.
-- Felipa Mena and Laurella Scaggs, co-chairs, Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew — Policy Action Council, Chicago