Champaign Teachers’ Union to Host Forums on Contract-Related Topics | Education

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign Teachers’ Federation is set to hold two forums next week on the state of schools and the board’s proposal to extend the day in elementary school.

The first is a virtual meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. Those interested in participating can register on this link.

The second Encounter is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 1601 W. Bloomington Road, C.

“We offer the community the opportunity to learn more about teachers’ views and ask any questions they may have, because we know that clear communication and transparency are an integral part of any education system. “, the union said in a statement released on Friday. .

Last week, by a vote of 91%, union members authorized the leaders to call a strike, mainly over the proposal to extend the day at primary school.

“We are concerned that the extended day, like many other initiatives in this district, will follow a predictable path – from the promise of theory to the logistical constraints of practice,” the statement said. “The refusal to proactively address the impact of an extended day on the current staffing and logistics issues, which are arguably more serious than ever, currently impedes the path to an agreement.”

The union said special education teachers, instructors of multilingual learners and interventionists substitute “too often”, putting students who “need the most services” at risk.

“The pandemic has exacerbated this crisis, and it will only worsen with an extended day unless proactive measures are taken,” the statement said.

Childcare will be available at the in-person ‘parent-teacher forum’, the union noted in its message.

“We believe there is a path that meets the board’s goals, the needs of our community and the realities our teachers face. Not only are these things possible, they are necessary,” the statement read.