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The Schools Chicago’s Students Deserve 2.0

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.

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.

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.

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.

Campaign: Fighting for Fair Contracts

Campaign: Fighting for Fair Contracts

The contract for teachers and staff at district-run schools expired June 30, 2019. This past year, CTU educators staged three historic strikes against charter operators that laid the groundwork for dramatic improvements in all public schools schools. Get information and resources here to support our fight for fair a contract.

Campaign: Special Education Staffing

Campaign: Special Education Staffing

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.

Member Information

Find out who our members are, as well as important resources like the online membership card, the offerings of t-shirts and other apparel, our member portal, scholarships and more.

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.

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!

Administrative Transfers

Blog 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. Teachers transferring for Spring 2020 Teachers may...

CTU special ed teachers to respond to mayor’s refusal to negotiate for better schools

12:15 p.m. TODAY: CTU bargaining update Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson, Chicago CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2019—Striking CTU special education teachers and support staff will hold a press conference to respond to the mayor’s refusal to bargain for better schools at...

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.

Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Fraction of 1% of annual district budget stands between CTU and CPS in agreement

Board of Ed President del Valle signs pledge to advocate for needs of school district’s most vulnerable learners, as Chance the Rapper sends shout-out to CTU strikers from SNL. CHICAGO, October 27, 2019—With Saturday’s bargaining session stretching over fourteen hours...
CTU Thurs. strike schedule/bargaining update: Mayor opposes relief for overcrowded classes, staffing crisis

CTU Thurs. strike schedule/bargaining update: Mayor opposes relief for overcrowded classes, staffing crisis

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Today, Thursday, October 24 6:30 a.m.: Picket lines go up at all 500+ CPS district-run schools, PLUS Passages Charter strike picket line at 1643 W Bryn Mawr 7:00 a.m./SPANISH Language: CTU President Jesse Sharkey; CTU officer Maria Moreno; Sara...
Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Lightfoot rips off CPS of $100 million, robs students and thwarts contract settlement

Mayor brags about providing CPS with $100M TIF surplus that she promptly grabs back for pension payments City should be paying, cops in schools for which City previously paid. CHICAGO—The TIF slush funds that the mayor giveth, the mayor also taketh away. Chicago Mayor...
Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

Victory in Passages strike, as charter operator agrees to demands that CPS rejects for striking CTU district educators

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Saturday and Sunday, October 26-7 10:00 a.m., TODAY, Saturday, 10/26/19: Labor and Community Solidarity Rally! Family-friendly rally, celebration and show of solidarity for striking CTU and SEIU Local 73 workers, cosponsored by the Chicago Federation...
Bargaining Update: Picket lines Monday morning, SEIU TA, Janice Jackson showed up

Bargaining Update: Picket lines Monday morning, SEIU TA, Janice Jackson showed up

Our bargaining team left negotiations at 9:30pm tonight with the same deal on the table as when they left at midnight last night. That deal we proposed would settle this contract at a cost of only $38 million more per year. This lack of movement is despite the fact that CEO Janice Jackson showed up to negotiations for the first time. We had hoped that was a positive sign, but it changed nothing for us at the table.

CTU Thurs. strike schedule/bargaining update: Mayor opposes relief for overcrowded classes, staffing crisis

Monday strike schedule; “great” CPS offer only 1/3 of CPS class size issues, staffing proposals still fall short

STRIKE SCHEDULE: Monday, October 28 7:30 a.m.: CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Locke Elementary. 2828 N Oak Park Ave, Chicago 7:30 a.m./SPANISH LANGUAGE: CTU officer Maria Moreno, Schubert Elementary School, 2727 N. Long Ave. 9:30 a.m.: Students standing with CTU!...