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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.

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.

AJC §1: Introduction

AJC §1: Introduction

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Education in the U.S. is subject to huge disparities in opportunity (the “opportunity gap”): some groups of students have incredible experiences while a much larger group is subject to extremely limited in-school and life experiences. These educational opportunities are directly linked to students’ socioeconomic status, and what happens outside schools is more influential than what happens inside.

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.

Standard Forms

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Download forms for grievance, class size, accident reports, waivers, and other frequently needed forms.

Sustainable Community Schools

Read this post Sustainable Community Schools The Sustainable Community Schools (SCS) movement was born out of Black and Brown community struggle. In 2001, parents, grandparents, and community activists in Chicago’s Little Village engaged in a 19-day hunger strike to protest the...

Thankful for the strength and wisdom of solidarity

Read this post A Thanksgiving message from CTU President Jesse Sharkey to rank and file CTU and CTU-ACTS members: The holidays are typically a time for reflection and a time to express our thanks and contemplate our vision for the new year. I’m feeling especially thankful this year...