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Volume 82, Issue 6

Features

Now that’s a field trip!

Back of the Yards High School teacher Jackson Potter took his 150 Junior Civics class students to the Springfield Capitol to experience the nitty gritty of lobbying. His students came away from the day feeling energized and empowered, exactly what the social studies teacher hoped they would gain from the experience

Delegates Not Present | March 11, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT HOUSE MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 NETWORK 1A Blaszczyk, Diane L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Buen, Lorelei G. Cooley, Amy K. Hartwig, Christine E. Kurzydlo, Vicki L. Werner, Gary M. West, Margaret A. NETWORK 1C Cantu,...

CTU Six campaign sets up wins

For educators who have been targeted, abused and even terminated for speaking out on behalf of their students, fighting is second nature. And that fighting spirit paid off recently for a courageous group of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders, known as the CTU Six.

CTU asks ISBE to suspend humiliating ‘new’ state test that undercuts immigrant children’s education

A third of Chicago Public School (CPS) students are Latinx, with many just beginning to build their English language skills. Yet in early March, CPS began administering a rebranded statewide test, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), to students, including newly arrived immigrants who have been in the country for less than a year. CTU and parents are demanding CPS stop giving the test to those students.

We are ready to fight for a fair contract and the schools Chicago’s children deserve

Through our unity, we’ve been able to fight off cuts in the past and protect our schools from some of the most aggressive schemes cooked up by Rahm Emanuel and his billionaire friends. Ten years ago, the public largely accepted the ideas the mayor had put forward. Today, the public has embraced the CTU’s education agenda. But we are not taking anything for granted. We need to be ready to fight for the schools are students deserve.

Bill to restore full bargaining rights, strike leverage to CTU advancing in Springfield

Why should Chicago educators be barred from bargaining and striking over issues like class size and staffing, rights given to every other unionized teacher in the state? They shouldn’t, say state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin and state Senator Bill Cunningham who are sponsoring bills to restore full bargaining rights to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

ChiArts teachers ramp up fair contract demands as CTU members mull first strike of publicly funded contract school in U.S. history

Chicago’s charter schools have drawn increasing scrutiny for lack of transparency and accountability, forcing strikes against two different operators in the last four months. But Chicago Public Schools (CPS) contract schools operate with even greater secrecy and less accountability and union educators are on the cusp of striking one of those contract schools, the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chi Arts).

Now that’s a field trip!

Back of the Yards High School teacher Jackson Potter took his 150 Junior Civics class students to the Springfield Capitol to experience the nitty gritty of lobbying. His students came away from the day feeling energized and empowered, exactly what the social studies teacher hoped they would gain from the experience

Delegates Not Present | March 11, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT HOUSE MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 NETWORK 1A Blaszczyk, Diane L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Buen, Lorelei G. Cooley, Amy K. Hartwig, Christine E. Kurzydlo, Vicki L. Werner, Gary M. West, Margaret A. NETWORK 1C Cantu,...

CTU Six campaign sets up wins

For educators who have been targeted, abused and even terminated for speaking out on behalf of their students, fighting is second nature. And that fighting spirit paid off recently for a courageous group of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders, known as the CTU Six.

CTU asks ISBE to suspend humiliating ‘new’ state test that undercuts immigrant children’s education

A third of Chicago Public School (CPS) students are Latinx, with many just beginning to build their English language skills. Yet in early March, CPS began administering a rebranded statewide test, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), to students, including newly arrived immigrants who have been in the country for less than a year. CTU and parents are demanding CPS stop giving the test to those students.

We are ready to fight for a fair contract and the schools Chicago’s children deserve

Through our unity, we’ve been able to fight off cuts in the past and protect our schools from some of the most aggressive schemes cooked up by Rahm Emanuel and his billionaire friends. Ten years ago, the public largely accepted the ideas the mayor had put forward. Today, the public has embraced the CTU’s education agenda. But we are not taking anything for granted. We need to be ready to fight for the schools are students deserve.

Bill to restore full bargaining rights, strike leverage to CTU advancing in Springfield

Why should Chicago educators be barred from bargaining and striking over issues like class size and staffing, rights given to every other unionized teacher in the state? They shouldn’t, say state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin and state Senator Bill Cunningham who are sponsoring bills to restore full bargaining rights to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

ChiArts teachers ramp up fair contract demands as CTU members mull first strike of publicly funded contract school in U.S. history

Chicago’s charter schools have drawn increasing scrutiny for lack of transparency and accountability, forcing strikes against two different operators in the last four months. But Chicago Public Schools (CPS) contract schools operate with even greater secrecy and less accountability and union educators are on the cusp of striking one of those contract schools, the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chi Arts).

In Brief

Now that’s a field trip!

Back of the Yards High School teacher Jackson Potter took his 150 Junior Civics class students to the Springfield Capitol to experience the nitty gritty of lobbying. His students came away from the day feeling energized and empowered, exactly what the social studies teacher hoped they would gain from the experience

Delegates Not Present | March 11, 2019

DELEGATES NOT PRESENT HOUSE MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2019 NETWORK 1A Blaszczyk, Diane L. Green, Laurie J. Spagnola, Patricia A. NETWORK 1B Buen, Lorelei G. Cooley, Amy K. Hartwig, Christine E. Kurzydlo, Vicki L. Werner, Gary M. West, Margaret A. NETWORK 1C Cantu,...

CTU Six campaign sets up wins

For educators who have been targeted, abused and even terminated for speaking out on behalf of their students, fighting is second nature. And that fighting spirit paid off recently for a courageous group of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders, known as the CTU Six.

CTU asks ISBE to suspend humiliating ‘new’ state test that undercuts immigrant children’s education

A third of Chicago Public School (CPS) students are Latinx, with many just beginning to build their English language skills. Yet in early March, CPS began administering a rebranded statewide test, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), to students, including newly arrived immigrants who have been in the country for less than a year. CTU and parents are demanding CPS stop giving the test to those students.

We are ready to fight for a fair contract and the schools Chicago’s children deserve

Through our unity, we’ve been able to fight off cuts in the past and protect our schools from some of the most aggressive schemes cooked up by Rahm Emanuel and his billionaire friends. Ten years ago, the public largely accepted the ideas the mayor had put forward. Today, the public has embraced the CTU’s education agenda. But we are not taking anything for granted. We need to be ready to fight for the schools are students deserve.

Bill to restore full bargaining rights, strike leverage to CTU advancing in Springfield

Why should Chicago educators be barred from bargaining and striking over issues like class size and staffing, rights given to every other unionized teacher in the state? They shouldn’t, say state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin and state Senator Bill Cunningham who are sponsoring bills to restore full bargaining rights to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).

ChiArts teachers ramp up fair contract demands as CTU members mull first strike of publicly funded contract school in U.S. history

Chicago’s charter schools have drawn increasing scrutiny for lack of transparency and accountability, forcing strikes against two different operators in the last four months. But Chicago Public Schools (CPS) contract schools operate with even greater secrecy and less accountability and union educators are on the cusp of striking one of those contract schools, the Chicago High School for the Arts (Chi Arts).

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