Throughout the year, you kept your promises to our students, despite the many challenges faced in school buildings every day. You not only educated your students, but also fed, clothed protected and found housing for them. My heartfelt thanks goes out to you, and I am extremely proud of the work you do every day in our schools.
The following delegates were not present at the May 1, 2019 meeting of the CTU House of Delegates.
The Chicago Teachers Union made some powerful gains in this spring’s legislative session, but two critical initiatives—a bill to restore the Union’s full bargaining rights and a bill to create an Elected Representative School Board (ERSB)—both stalled in the senate, where Senate President John Cullerton sandbagged that legislation at the request of Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot.
It has been nearly a year since the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) took over Chicago Public Schools’ special education program. While some improvements have been made, ours special ed students still are not getting the services they need and deserve–a failing our contract demands address in full force.
In 2012, Chicago Public Schools adopted Gmail as the district-wide email system. For teachers who are accustomed to using Gmail and all the Google tools outside the classroom, this has been a smooth transition. But for many others, who do not have prior experience with Google Apps, this process has been turbulent. Fortunately, the Quest Center is here to help.
En nuestras escuelas—in our schools—we speak Español, Mandarin, English and more. The Quest Center now offers a Spanish=-language course for educators to help address the need for culturally responsive teacher training, as well as to bridge the language gap between our teachers and communities. And courses in other languages are on the horizon.
Our current contract expires June 30, and we will bargain hard to settle a contract, with or without a strike, in the fall. New Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she wants to settle a contract by then, too. To do so, she must keep her promises and negotiate a good contract, including fair pay and benefits, smaller class sizes, substantially more staffing and meet our just schools demands.
During his eight-year reign over Chicago, Rahm Emanuel earned the nickname Mayor 1 percent for good reason. Luxury developments blanket the downtown and north sides of the city, but you see chronic disinvestment and lack of basic services in our schools and communities. CTU is working to address that disinvestment, making affordable housing for our students and their families an important contract demand.