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Testing

Testing

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Educators have rights regarding standardized testing and assessment, including spring assessment calendar votes that may be conducted regarding optional assessments. Read about how to use our contract and its processes to advocate against worthless and excessive testing requirements in your school. Includes Assessment Vote information.

CTU Speaks!

CTU Speaks!

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Our new podcast, CTU Speaks! is hosted by rank-and-file CTU members Andrea Parker and Jim Staros. We’ll chat about our union, bargaining for a new contract, and our fight for the schools our children and educators deserve.

About Us

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The Chicago Teachers Union is an organization of educators dedicated to advancing and promoting quality public education, improving teaching and learning conditions, and protecting members’ rights. Meet our officers, learn about our mission and learn more about how we operate on the About Us page.

Election 2020

Election 2020

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CTU endorsed candidates have track records demonstrating that they are education champions. Your vote is your voice. Together, we build our power.

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off

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Benefit days and leaves are common sources of confusion. Learn about sick days, personal business days, bereavement leave, religious holidays, FMLA leave, maternity, paternity, parental and child-rearing leaves, disability leaves and sabbaticals are all available here. Information about how to deal with a designation of Absent Without Leave (AWOL), is available, as well as leave for victims of domestic or sexual violence.

Reimbursement of $250 for Supply Funds

Reimbursement of $250 for Supply Funds

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All teachers, counselors, clinicians and speech-language paraeducators in district-run schools can be reimbursed up to $250 in supply money, thanks to Article 7-6 of our contract. Read details of this contract provision, including how COVID-19 remote learning impacts the process.

My Contract

My Contract

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Read contract articles that protect you, salary schedules and other key contract information for both district and charter contracts.

Schedule Votes

Schedule Votes

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This year, if your school wants to change your schedule or your flex day elections, you should have a meeting with the principal and PPC by Friday, May 28. Votes will be conducted by e-ballot, which CTU will coordinate.

Shame on you, CPS

Shame on you, CPS

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PSRP Judy Mahoney is exactly the kind of employee CPS should value. She served as the school clerk at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen for 23 years until a drunk driver changed the course of her life one night. Now, four years later, CPS has slashed Judy’s position at the school and, had our Union not fought back, she would have been out of job at the end of June.

Was this really a lost year? 

Was this really a lost year? 

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Testing companies, along with education administrators and politicians who have drunk the testing Kool-Aid, can’t stop talking about the “learning loss” of students this past year. CTU Education Policy Analyst Carol Caref deconstructs the madness.

Arts Committee

Arts Committee

Read this post The Chicago Teachers Union Arts Committee has a mission to provide robust arts education for every student in Chicago Public Schools. We aim to create positive and healthy working conditions for certified arts educators to build strong and impactful school communities...
Same Storm, Different Boats: The Safe and Equitable Conditions For Reopening CPS in 2020-21

Same Storm, Different Boats: The Safe and Equitable Conditions For Reopening CPS in 2020-21

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Parents, students, and teachers want to go back to school in person and want to do so safely. Will that be possible in September? Is there a number of educator or student deaths that we are willing to accept in order to have in-person school? Are CPS, the city, and the state willing to spend the money to make school reopening safe?