Illinois law makes it harder for teachers to strike, easier for them to be fired - KMOV.com

Illinois law makes it harder for teachers to strike, easier for them to be fired

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Teachers Union says it still supports a landmark education reform signed into law Monday, even though it had previously objected to parts of it.

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The law took effect immediately and makes it harder for teachers to go on strike, easier for educators to be fired and could lengthen the school day for students in Chicago.

CTU spokeswoman Liz Brown says the group had opposed language about strikes and other things in law but those were clarified in a trailer bill. However, praise for the bill was still reserved. Brown says it's too early to tell the impact it'll have on students.

The law includes tougher standards for teacher strikes over contract disputes and could lengthen the school day for Chicago students, among other things.

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