Teachers in a suburb of Chicago went on strike Tuesday, leaving some 20,000 students without classes or afterschool activities.
On Monday, teachers in Community Unit School District 300 voted to strike after months of talks for a new contract fell through, according to a statement from the district. The main issues of contention are class sizes and salaries.
According to the statement, “there is no agreement on salaries,” and the district will have to “deficit spend for the next three years.”
The district includes more than 20 schools and employs 1,300 teachers in Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Carpentersville, and West Dundee, reported CBS-2.
“It’s pretty daunting. It’s something that we kept talking about but I never really thought would happen,” fourth-grade teacher Ann Hottoby told NBC Chicago.
“We need a better learning environment for our students,” said Hottoby. “Three years ago—over three years ago—I had 23 students in my room. The next year I had 37.”
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