Chicago teacher’s strike cuts short some high school athletic careers

By Joshua R. Skinner

The battle between the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) dominated Chicago’s media conversation for weeks. After an 11-day strike in October, teachers won several concessions from the CPS.

On Friday, November 15, Chicago teachers ratified a new contract that includes reduced class sizes and a nurse and social worker in every school by 2023. But while the strike made significant gains, it also ended athletic opportunities for many student-athletes.

Photo at top: A composite football lays in the grass during a player-led practice at Bogan High School. Players could not access school-issued leather footballs during the strike.(Joshua Skinner/MEDILL)