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Love? Hate? Agree? Disagree? Send Chicago Union Teacher your feedback, compliments and criticism. Send letters to the editor to communications@ctulocal1.org or Chicago Union Teacher, 1901 W. Carroll St., Chicago, Illinois, 60612. Letters to the editor should not exceed 400 words and may be edited for length and clarity. Inclusion is at the discretion of Chicago Teachers Union leadership and Chicago Union Teacher editors.

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Chicago Union Teacher is published for the members of the Chicago Teachers Union. It is your magazine. We welcome submissions from members on topics relevant to our overall mission of advancing and promoting quality public education, improving teaching and learning conditions, and protecting members’ rights.

The magazine consists of three primary types of articles: letters to the editor (explained above), short-form content and long-form content. Examples of short-form content are book reviews, announcements, event recaps and campaign updates, which are not to exceed 400 words. Examples of long-form content are op-eds and feature stories. Op-eds should not exceed 800 words, while features should be between 1,200-2,000 words.

All work, but especially features, must be submitted with artwork and/or images. All graphics must be high-resolution and in full color, and be submitted with photography credit and captions where applicable.

Email all submissions for consideration to communications@ctulocal1.org with the subject line, “For CUT.” Articles may be edited for length and clarity, and inclusion is at the discretion of Chicago Union Teacher editors

Advertise with us

Chicago Union Teacher accepts classified advertisements from CTU members at a discounted rate, and from outside organizations for a reasonable cost. Chicago Union Teacher reserves the right to refuse to publish any advertisement. The CUT is not responsible for the print quality of your material. To ensure the highest quality output, please pay close attention to these specifications.


The Chicago Union Teacher (The CUT) will accept electronic advertising in PDF or other graphic format via e-mail for three printed issues in September 2019, January-February 2020 and June 2020. The following guidelines are designed to help ensure a successful transfer of your advertising from electronic means to the printed page. The CUT will not be held responsible for any inaccuracies with electronic ads due to the number of programs and preferences that may not be compatible. The CUT reserves the right to change this policy at any time.


Send all files to be transferred via email to Lupe Coyle at lupecoyle@ctulocal1.org. Please label accordingly (see labeling). For files larger than 3MB, we recommend you upload to a file sharing site and email us a link. Contact Lupe at 312-329-6227 or lupecoyle@ctulocal1.org for more information.


The CUT accepts electronic advertising in PDF or other graphic formats (below). When created properly, the format embeds your images and fonts, eliminating the need to include these with your ad. You may need to alter the preferences of your design software to embed fonts. Failure to do so may result in deviation from your intended design.


All electronic ads must include the following information:

  • Ad file name
  • Desired ad size (see advertising sizes)
  • Account name, contact name and phone number


The CUT accepts the following formats for graphics: PDF (preferred), TIF, EPS, JPEG, PDF, AI and PNG. All graphics should be scanned at no less than 300 dpi and no more than 500 dpi. All grayscale photos should be scanned at no less than 200 dpi and no more than 250 dpi. Any electronic questions, contact your sales representative for more information. We accept documents via email and Internet download (preferred).


Standard advertising deadlines apply in all electronic ad transfers.


September 2019 issue: August 27, 2019
January-February 2020 issue: January 15, 2020
June 2020 issue: May 15, 2020


Full page: 10 7/8 x 15
Half page: 10 7/8 x 7.5
Quarter page: 5 7/16 x 7.5


All full-page designs must include either a margin of at least 1/8” or (0.125” or 9 points), a bleed of the background color/design of at least 1/8” (0.125” or 9 points) beyond the page size.


CUT offers advertisements shown on all ctulocal1.org CUT pages for 30 days—or the time between two issues—at a rate based on image height:width + number of words. For more information, please contact CTU Communications Specialist Nathan Goldbaum at 312-329-6262 or nathangoldbaum@ctulocal1.org.

This article appears in the January 2019 issue of the Chicago Union Teacher.