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?
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.
Cities across the United States, including Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Seattle and Oakland have decided they will no longer employ police within the schools.
Chicago should join them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CTU endorsed candidates have track records demonstrating that they are education champions. Your vote is your voice. Together, we build our power.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read contract articles that protect you, salary schedules and other key contract information for both district and charter contracts.
Questions about strike loans, student loan repayment help, contract effectiveness and other issues arising from the strike and new contract are answered here.
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.
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!
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.
The Chicago Teachers Union exposes the falsehoods and inequities created by an education policy that, rather than being held publicly accountable, is controlled by the profit-minded corporate community.
On May 22, 2013, The Chicago Board of Education voted to close 50, “turn around” five, and co-locate 17 elementary schools. Faced with widespread opposition to these actions, CPS promised hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements and transition supports for schools receiving students from closed schools. However, CTU’s examination of the evidence finds that the promises made to receiving schools were hollow in many cases and only partially fulfilled in others.
As we prepare for bargaining with CPS, we want to share where we are on several key items that we know you continue to have questions about, and that we, unfortunately, are still battling CPS over.
Nearly 355,000 children and their families are counting on us to meet and exceed the challenges of our students’ educational needs this fall, and there is nothing that we cannot tackle on their behalf.
CPS has proven itself to be fiscally irresponsible and reckless with limited tax dollars. Chicago students deserve better. Even without the new revenue proposals put forth by the Chicago Teachers Union, CPS can stop wasting money on expensive contracts that produce shoddy services.
Reports from rank-and-file Chicago Teachers Union members reveal vast gaps in personal protective equipment (PPE), safety and cleaning, with exactly a week before the Sept. 8 start of classes in Chicago Public Schools.