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Campaign: Special Education

Campaign: Special Education

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.

Teacher Evaluation

Teacher Evaluation

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

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.

About Us

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 Speaks!

CTU Speaks!

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.

Local School Councils

Local School Councils

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.

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off

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.

Election 2020

Election 2020

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

Administrative Transfers

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.

My Contract

My Contract

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

Reimbursement of $250 for Supply Funds

Reimbursement of $250 for Supply Funds

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.

Strike Related Loans and Other Financial Info

Questions about strike loans, student loan repayment help, contract effectiveness and other issues arising from the strike and new contract are answered here.

National Board Certification through Nurturing Teacher Leadership

National Board Certification through Nurturing Teacher Leadership

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

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.

Schedule Votes

Schedule Votes

Guidance and forms for Schedule and Flex Day Votes. You should start discussing this with your colleagues now. The only changes on schedule voting are the due dates and the format for meeting and voting on proposals. Otherwise, the decisions needed are the same as in previous years.

Mayor is either misinformed or dishonest about ‘consulting’ Union on dangerous, irresponsible mandates

Mayor is either misinformed or dishonest about ‘consulting’ Union on dangerous, irresponsible mandates

CPS has tried to force school clerks back into buildings without guarantees of PPE or clean facilities, while mayor’s school bosses have imposed dangerous, irresponsible mandates on CTU rank-and-file. CHICAGO, May 8, 2020—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the...

Twelve Months Later: The Impact of School Closings in Chicago

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.

COVID-19 Session Legislative Priorities

The Illinois State Legislature is meeting this week in a brief session to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including what school reopening may look like, as well as consider a state budget that covers next school year. Please email your state rep and state senator...