This Greg Hinz column from Crain's (Huberman ready for hardball on city teachers' contract?) raises the long-rumored possibility that the Board could declare fiscal emergency and re-open contract negotiations with CTU over the salary raises and other benefits that are in the current contract. The justification would be the $900M budget deficit facing CPS
Huberman: "Our goal would always be to avoid a strike because of the hardship it
creates..."This budget year is going to be exceptionally
difficult. Without meaningful concessions by all the parties involved .
. . there will be a significant detrimental impact on our children."
What do you think? Will there be a rollback? Is that a fair thing to do given the challenges facing CPS and the city as a whole? Would teachers respond with a strike? (Could they?)