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What is Black Lives Matter at School?

Black Lives Matter At School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education that encourages all educators, students, parents, unions, and community organizations to join our annual week of action during the first week of February each year. This is part of the CTU’s recognition of Black History Month — and our larger goal to lift up Black and Brown educators, who’ve seen their numbers cut in half in the last 20 years, as well as the 90% of Black and Brown students and families we serve in our school communities.

This week of action highlights four basic demands for our schools:

  • End “Zero Tolerance” discipline and implement restorative justice.
  • Mandate Black History and Ethnic Studies.
  • Hire more Black teachers.
  • Fund counselors, not cops.

This year, the CTU will take part in Black Lives Matter at School for two weeks of action. The first week, February 5–9, will be educator focused. We will hold planning workshops, educational events and curriculum showcases to support educators in every school across the district as they prepare for the week of teaching. The second week, February 12–16, we intend for every grade in every school throughout the district and charter schools to teach truth about the history of Black excellence and Black oppression. Let’s make this a week in which all of our educators of all races teach all of our students of all races to support love and liberation for Black people.

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If you have questions or concerns about participating in the Black Lives Matter at School actions, please read our common concerns fact sheet.

CTU BLM at School 2024 Events

Thursday, Feb. 1
2:00–7:00 PM
Thursday, Feb. 1
5:00–6:00 PM
Panel Discussion on Sickle Cell Anemia and Maternal Health
Monday, Febr. 5
4:30–6:00PM
BLM at School Virtual Curriculum Share
Monday, Feb. 12
4:30–8:00 PM
“Stamped: From the Beginning” movie screening
Friday, Feb. 16
5:00–9:00 PM
Spades and Bid Whist Tournament House Party
Friday, Feb. 17
5:30–8:30 PM
CTU Black Caucus Future Black Educators Scholarship Gala
Friday, Feb. 23
5:00–9:00 PM
Black Greek letter orgs & HBCU Grads Social

More Ways to Get Involved

Want to coordinate Black Lives Matter at School events with other educators in the city? Make use of the resources below to organize at your school and citywide:

Read more from Black Lives Matter at School national coordinating committee by following the links below.

National BLM at School on Twitter Twitter    National BLM at School on Facebook Facebook    National BLM at School Website Website

Join the Black Lives Matter at School national mailing list.

Mar
6
Wed
House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
Mar 6 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Pre-meeting Q&A session will begin at 4:15 p.m. See the Delegates page for more information about House of Delegates Meetings. If you are a delegate and did not receive the notice for this meeting, please email Norma Albor to resolve any issues related to your designation as delegate. Delegates can access packet materials in the MemberLink Portal at members.ctulocal1.org.

Mar
8
Fri
Paycheck #5
Mar 8 all-day

For work performed February 11 through 24. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Mar
22
Fri
Last Day of Third Quarter
Mar 22 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

Paycheck #6
Mar 22 all-day

For work performed February 25 through March 9. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Paycheck #7
Mar 22 all-day

For work performed February 25 through March 9. This will be a full paycheck for ten days of work. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.

Mar
25
Mon
Spring Break (80% Paid)
Mar 25 – Mar 29 all-day

As part of the agreement to even out paychecks for this school year, four out of five of these vacation days will be paid and one will be unpaid. See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Apr
1
Mon
School Improvement Day (100% Teacher Directed)
Apr 1 all-day

Visit the CPS calendar page for other dates and to download a PDF calendar.

Apr
10
Wed
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences
Apr 10 all-day
Apr
11
Thu
High School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Apr 11 all-day
Apr
17
Wed
House of Delegates meeting @ CTU Center
Apr 17 @ 4:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Pre-meeting Q&A session will begin at 4:15 p.m. See the Delegates page for more information about House of Delegates Meetings. If you are a delegate and did not receive the notice for this meeting, please email Norma Albor to resolve any issues related to your designation as delegate. Delegates can access packet materials in the MemberLink Portal at members.ctulocal1.org.