The refusal of Lightfoot—who ran on “educational equity”—to provide teachers and students with makeup days drew comparisons to former mayor Rahm Emanuel, who closed dozens of schools and approved education budget cuts during his term. 

“By attempting to withhold makeup days, Lightfoot is attempting to rob children of precious classroom time in order to punish teachers for striking,” said organizer and journalist Kelly Hayes. “If the mayor is willing to hurt this city’s children in order to hurt its teachers, that should follow her for the rest of her term.”

The deal reached by CTU and the city includes $35 million to allow for smaller class sizes, a 16 percent raise over five years, and a full-time dedicated nurse and social worker for each school by 2023.

Beyond the disagreement over makeup days, some members objected to the governing body’s acceptance of the contract offered, which didn’t include a demand that Lightfoot back the union’s push for a law that would create an elected school board and a bill loosening restrictions on strikes.

The deal still has to be ratified by the union’s 25,000 members.

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