Chicago Public Schools canceled classes

"Tonight, the Chicago Teachers Union chose to stop reporting to work, and as a result of that sad choice, Chicago Public Schools must cancel classes tomorrow, Wednesday, January 5, 2022."

"The results of tonight's citywide electronic ballot are in," the union tweeted. Beginning tomorrow, all CTU members at CPS schools should be able to work from home.

"We want the parents and guardians of this city to know that when you entrust your children to us, we prioritise their well-being and safety," the union added.

According to Chicago Teachers Union members, the union House of Delegates voted 555-77 in favor of going to remote instruction. But it's not a done deal yet

As voting among rank-and-file Chicago Teachers Union members proceeded Tuesday night, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS CEO Pedro Martinez convened a press conference.

"We will have to cancel classes tomorrow if the CTU is successful in voting for a walkout tomorrow—which is what they're voting for tonight," Martinez added.

"After everything we've gone through with CTU leadership over the last two years, it feels like Groundhog Day," Lightfoot remarked.

With tonight's vote, the mayor said that union leadership had coerced members to "hurt" Chicago families that rely on CPS for their everyday necessities.

She also cited data on student disengagement, declining grades, and the rising achievement gap amongst kids.