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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.

Aug
10
Sat
Bud Billiken Parade CTU Contingent @ White Castle parking lot
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join CTU in showing we love our students!

Each school year we honor and nurture our students’ talents. On Bud Billiken Day we help excite them about everything the new school year offers. Celebrate with our students and families on Saturday, August 10 as we call for the schools Chicago’s students deserve. Join CTU at the 95th Bud Billiken Parade.

CTU will meet up at 35th & King Drive at 8:30 a.m.

After the parade, everyone in our contingent is welcome to picnic with us, with food and drinks provided by CTU.

Aug
14
Wed
School clerks return to work
Aug 14 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
19
Mon
Professional Development Day (principal directed)
Aug 19 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
20
Tue
Teacher Institute Days (Principal Directed)
Aug 20 – Aug 22 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
23
Fri
Teacher Institute Day (Teacher Directed)
Aug 23 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
26
Mon
First Day of Student Attendance
Aug 26 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Aug
31
Sat
Chicago Labor Day Parade @ Staging Area
Aug 31 @ 11:00 am
Sep
2
Mon
Labor Day (Paid Holiday, CTU Office Closed)
Sep 2 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.

Sep
15
Sun
Mexican Independence Day Parade
Sep 15 @ 11:00 am

Saturday, Sept. 15: Join CTU in the Mexican Independence Day parade! ¡Que Viva México! ¡Que vivan los inmigrantes! ¡Que vivan los maestros!

Folkloric Dancers in the Mexican Independence Day Parade

Join the CTU contingent in the 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade on Saturday, September 15. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. and the parade steps off at 12:00 noon. Wear your CTU red and show up with orgullo mexicano!

Sep
26
Thu
Progress Reports for 1st Quarter Distributed
Sep 26 all-day

See the CPS Calendar page for more dates and information.