For the past week and a half the massive teachers union in place in the city of Chicago has shutdown the entire school operation. Due to a number of complaints and pay disputes the teachers union decided to strike which shut down schools for nearly 350,000 children in and around Chicago. Fortunately today the entire ordeal has come to an end as the teachers union finally reached a temporary deal.
Many experts feared that it would be another week before any kind of agreement was reached, so this is definitely good news for parents and students in Chicago. The deal is not completely finalized yet but the vote held today by the union was enough to end the strike and resume classes tomorrow. That means that those 350,000 students will once again be on their way to the classrooms tomorrow after getting over a week of classes off.
Many school districts and teachers unions around the country have taken this strike as an example and many analysts are hopeful that this will reduce the number of teacher strikes around the country for years to come. This is absolutely the largest teachers strike in recent history and hopefully the lessons learned can be applied to reduce the risk for years in the future. At least for now the good news is that the students of Chicago will once again be in class.