District postpones parent meeting on bargaining

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CPS has postponed a Monday night meeting that was to inform parents about the status of district negotiations with the Chicago Teachers Union.

CPS spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said Wednesday morning the district would reschedule the meeting after a three-member fact-finding panel issues a recommended settlement in mid-July – probably for sometime in August.

Ziegler said the meeting is being moved because there’s a limited amount of information CPS can give parents at this stage in the process.

“We had received a lot of positive feedback, and [parents] were very interested, but it was clear there was a lot of information we couldn’t provide,” Ziegler said. “We didn’t want to create a situation that was more frustrating than helpful.”

The parent group Raise Your Hand has also held town hall meetings to talk with parents about the issues between  CPS and CTU. Stand for Children, which had previously urged CTU not to move forward with a strike-authorization vote, has also scheduled one meeting for Thursday night and another on Monday, the same night CPS had originally planned its parent meeting.