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Volume 82, Issue 8

Features

Promises made, promises kept | President’s Message

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.

Gains made in Springfield, but equity agenda blocked

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.

Fighting for our special ed students

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.

Google apps making you crazy? Quest Center is here to help!

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.

Our students speak many languages—we must, too

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.

As school year ends, bargaining continues

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.

The fight for housing stability

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.

CPS year-end layoffs amount to slap in the face

Despite receiving more money from the state this year, at the end of May, Chicago Public Schools announced another round of layoffs which, by the district’s own numbers, are higher than last year. The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reverse the cuts and to begin keeping her promises of equity and justice to Chicago teachers, parents and students.

First U.S. multi-charter strike wins big for educators, students

A wave of historic charter strikes hit Chicago this year. In December, teachers at UNO/Acero charter network made history with the first-ever charter strike in the country. Next up, Chicago International Charter School (CICS) struck in February and in May, CTU launched the first multi-employer strike ever at three schools. All produced big wins for educators and their students.

In memoriam

Remembering our CTU family who have passed on from February 2019 through April 2019.

Promises made, promises kept | President’s Message

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.

Gains made in Springfield, but equity agenda blocked

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.

Fighting for our special ed students

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.

Google apps making you crazy? Quest Center is here to help!

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.

Our students speak many languages—we must, too

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.

As school year ends, bargaining continues

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.

The fight for housing stability

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.

CPS year-end layoffs amount to slap in the face

Despite receiving more money from the state this year, at the end of May, Chicago Public Schools announced another round of layoffs which, by the district’s own numbers, are higher than last year. The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reverse the cuts and to begin keeping her promises of equity and justice to Chicago teachers, parents and students.

First U.S. multi-charter strike wins big for educators, students

A wave of historic charter strikes hit Chicago this year. In December, teachers at UNO/Acero charter network made history with the first-ever charter strike in the country. Next up, Chicago International Charter School (CICS) struck in February and in May, CTU launched the first multi-employer strike ever at three schools. All produced big wins for educators and their students.

In memoriam

Remembering our CTU family who have passed on from February 2019 through April 2019.

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Promises made, promises kept | President’s Message

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.

Gains made in Springfield, but equity agenda blocked

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.

Fighting for our special ed students

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.

Google apps making you crazy? Quest Center is here to help!

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.

Our students speak many languages—we must, too

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.

As school year ends, bargaining continues

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.

The fight for housing stability

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.

CPS year-end layoffs amount to slap in the face

Despite receiving more money from the state this year, at the end of May, Chicago Public Schools announced another round of layoffs which, by the district’s own numbers, are higher than last year. The Chicago Teachers Union is calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to reverse the cuts and to begin keeping her promises of equity and justice to Chicago teachers, parents and students.

First U.S. multi-charter strike wins big for educators, students

A wave of historic charter strikes hit Chicago this year. In December, teachers at UNO/Acero charter network made history with the first-ever charter strike in the country. Next up, Chicago International Charter School (CICS) struck in February and in May, CTU launched the first multi-employer strike ever at three schools. All produced big wins for educators and their students.

In memoriam

Remembering our CTU family who have passed on from February 2019 through April 2019.