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Teacher Evaluation

Teacher Evaluation

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The REACH teacher evaluation system can cause confusion and stress. On this page, find a wealth of resources to help your observations and performance tasks go as well as possible. Learn when and how you can appeal an unfair rating through our contractual process.

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?

Campaign: Special Education

Campaign: Special Education

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The CTU has worked closely over the last three years with a committed group of advocates to demand better for our students. CPS has been forced to release more funds for special education for schools throughout the city. Use the information below to advocate for your principal to claim and properly use the funds CPS has been forced to allot.

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.

Administrative Transfers

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Teachers may transfer schools without the consent of their current principal between seventy-five and thirty calendar days before the end of the school year. PSRPs may transfer without approval at any time. Get exact dates for the open transfer window here.

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.

Layoff Rights

Layoff Rights

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Despite inadequate staffing and large class sizes, CPS continues to disrespect educators with layoffs that hurt our members, our students and our schools. Thanks to our contract, CPS is required to follow some rules when they make these layoffs and laid off teachers have rights.

Local School Councils

Local School Councils

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Without the benefit of an elected school board, Chicago’s Local School Councils races are the closest city residents get to democracy in education. At the most localized of scales, they are also the best opportunity to connect directly with the constituents represented. That includes teachers, students, parents and community members.

National Board Certification through Nurturing Teacher Leadership

National Board Certification through Nurturing Teacher Leadership

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Nurturing Teacher Leadership, established in 1997, is the Chicago Teachers Union/Chicago Public Schools 2-year program of professional development and candidate support that prepares Chicago Public School teachers for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn. Nurturing Teacher Leadership has a success rate of more than 94%, twice the national average!

Campaign: Special Education

The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve 2.0

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Why do CTU members fight for students? What motivates them to prepare for a possible strike? This 2018 update to CTU’s 2012 report, The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve provides a counter-narrative to the corporate agenda on education. SCSD 2.0 highlights the many racist inequities that have continued, or in some cases worsened, since 2012. CTU has a track record of fighting for reforms to change these realities, which is why Chicagoans continue to trust the CTU more than the Board of Education, more than Mayor Emanuel and more than any “reformer” backed by billionaires and corporate foundations.

Intrinsic Union

Read this post Teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff at the Intrinsic charter school network have announced their intent to join the Chicago Teachers Union. Intrinsic staff filed their request for a certification election with the NLRB on March 26. At Intrinsic, there are...

Lightfoot’s Board of Ed refuses to fund COVID tests for CPS students at charter schools

Read this post As health officials raise alarm about rising COVID rates, CPS students in charter schools could be denied access to critical safety and mitigation tool unless District reverses course. CHICAGO — Surveillance testing is an essential tool to monitor the current state of...

Christopher House Elementary School

Read this post Teachers, paraprofessionals, and other staff at Christopher House Elementary School filed their request on March 19 for a certification election with the National Labor Relations Board. At Christopher House’s K-8 school in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, which has...