Chicago State has become the laughingstock of the state university system, giving critics ammunition to call for its shutdown, Mary Mitchell reports.
“If we cannot reach the agreement by then, we will withhold our labor,” CTU President Karen Lewis said at a news conference.
CPS typically counts students in its privately managed contract schools along with charters, but this year it did not, spokeswoman Emily Bittner said.
Chicago State University has only 86 freshmen enrolled this fall — and some are part-time students.
In downgrading its debt Monday from B2 to B3, Moody’s called CPS’ financial condition “precarious” and “acute.”
Enrollment at Chicago Public Schools has dropped by 3.5 percent since last September, according to a preliminary count.
The Chicago Teachers Union said Monday that 95 percent of members who participated in a poll last week have agreed to authorize a strike this fall.