Chicago public school classes canceled ahead of expected teachers strike

Chicago public school classes canceled ahead of expected teachers strike

In anticipation of a planned teachers strike, Chicago Public Schools canceled classes for Thursday.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago teachers to 'step up resistance' if school district doesn't improve COVID-19 protections Chicago becomes latest city to require vaccinations for workers 2 brothers charged in fatal shooting of Chicago police officer MORE (D) said Wednesday that she can't accept the teachers' demands because it would cost $2.5 billion, money she says the city doesn't have.

“We value the workers," Lightfoot said in a press conference.

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"Honoring that value is who I am and what I stand for. But I also must be responsible for the taxpayers who pay for everything that goes on.”

The announcement comes as delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union are expected to vote on whether to go on strike Wednesday afternoon. 

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson added at the press conference, "We’re assuming that the House of Delegates will vote today to move forward with a strike, and as a result all classes and after school activities will be cancelled tomorrow."