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Volume 84, Issue 1

Features

President’s message: The new normal

Now, the brave new world of remote learning is here. As our Recording Secretary Christel Williams said when the school year began, “We are all first year teachers now.”

Back of the Yards says “No” to SROs

After the murder of George Floyd, many teachers at Back of the Yards College Prep suspended their regular lessons to provide students space to share their feelings and experience with police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and racism—leading to a historic vote to remove SROs from the school.

Ready, set, go!

As the Union continued to push CPS over what remote learning should look like–at the bargaining table and in the legal arena–our members kicked off the school year with their usual gusto, professionalism and dedication to their students.

PSRP Corner: Our school buildings are open and unsafe

The hypocrisy of CPS never ceases to amaze US. Four years ago, the district tried to get rid of school clerks, arguing that they were no longer needed. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic with the infectious coronavirus still raging, CPS says clerks are so indispensable that they must show up to work in-person—risking their own lives and the lives of their family.

CTU member tackles student-based budgeting

Fulton Elementary school teacher Andrea Parker has seen firsthand the harm student-based budgeting inflicts on the predominantly low-income Black and Latinx students at her school and in her community. So, she’s decided to tackle the destructive policy.

Summer Organizing Institute: 10 years and still going strong

The CTU Summer Organizing Institute, celebrating its 10th year, kicked off in the midst of an historic global Black Lives Matter uprising and a world-wide pandemic, which informed our members’ work and organizing strategies during the four-week program.

CTU Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship: Reimagining teacher voice

For the past two years the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has sponsored a Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship within CTU. This eight-month program, designed to help grow members’ leadership and policy skills, helps classroom teachers translate their classroom knowledge into actionable policy.

SRO votes reveal the good, bad, ugly side of LSCs

This summer’s Local School Council (LSC) votes on the retention of School Resource Officers (SROs) highlighted the good, the bad and the ugly of how LSCs across the city operate. But it also motivated school communities to reinvigorate their councils in the upcoming elections.

A matter of trust

Black and Latinx families overwhelmingly support CTU’s agenda for how to reopen schools safely, equitably and remotely, according to a new CTU poll. That’s because we’re looking out for our students and their families, as well as our members.

Vote YES on the Fair Tax Nov. 3

If you’re tired of worrying about CPS funding cuts and threats of teacher, PSRP and clinician layoffs, there is a way to fight back. Vote YES on the Fair Tax Amendment on the November ballot.

President’s message: The new normal

Now, the brave new world of remote learning is here. As our Recording Secretary Christel Williams said when the school year began, “We are all first year teachers now.”

Back of the Yards says “No” to SROs

After the murder of George Floyd, many teachers at Back of the Yards College Prep suspended their regular lessons to provide students space to share their feelings and experience with police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and racism—leading to a historic vote to remove SROs from the school.

Ready, set, go!

As the Union continued to push CPS over what remote learning should look like–at the bargaining table and in the legal arena–our members kicked off the school year with their usual gusto, professionalism and dedication to their students.

PSRP Corner: Our school buildings are open and unsafe

The hypocrisy of CPS never ceases to amaze US. Four years ago, the district tried to get rid of school clerks, arguing that they were no longer needed. Today, in the midst of a global pandemic with the infectious coronavirus still raging, CPS says clerks are so indispensable that they must show up to work in-person—risking their own lives and the lives of their family.

CTU member tackles student-based budgeting

Fulton Elementary school teacher Andrea Parker has seen firsthand the harm student-based budgeting inflicts on the predominantly low-income Black and Latinx students at her school and in her community. So, she’s decided to tackle the destructive policy.

Summer Organizing Institute: 10 years and still going strong

The CTU Summer Organizing Institute, celebrating its 10th year, kicked off in the midst of an historic global Black Lives Matter uprising and a world-wide pandemic, which informed our members’ work and organizing strategies during the four-week program.

CTU Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship: Reimagining teacher voice

For the past two years the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has sponsored a Teacher Leader Policy Fellowship within CTU. This eight-month program, designed to help grow members’ leadership and policy skills, helps classroom teachers translate their classroom knowledge into actionable policy.

SRO votes reveal the good, bad, ugly side of LSCs

This summer’s Local School Council (LSC) votes on the retention of School Resource Officers (SROs) highlighted the good, the bad and the ugly of how LSCs across the city operate. But it also motivated school communities to reinvigorate their councils in the upcoming elections.

A matter of trust

Black and Latinx families overwhelmingly support CTU’s agenda for how to reopen schools safely, equitably and remotely, according to a new CTU poll. That’s because we’re looking out for our students and their families, as well as our members.

Vote YES on the Fair Tax Nov. 3

If you’re tired of worrying about CPS funding cuts and threats of teacher, PSRP and clinician layoffs, there is a way to fight back. Vote YES on the Fair Tax Amendment on the November ballot.

Departments

In Brief

Ready, set, go!

A matter of trust