Black Lives Matter at School Week
What is BLM at School Week?
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.
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:
- Access curriculum on the National BLM at Schools Week Curriculum Guide.
- Access other ideas and national events at the National BLM at Schools Week website.
- Wear BLM at School t-shirts available at the CTU office.
- Email lesson plans and other resources to Quest Center Director of Professional Development Walter Taylor. We will include them in a Google Drive folder that all CTU members can access.
- Email the Communications Department with photos, videos and other artifacts of your school’s BLM at Schools Week participation.
Read more from Black Lives Matter at School national coordinating committee by following the links below.
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.
Since 2015, CPS employees in a growing list of positions have been newly added to the CTU bargaining unit for the district, officially known as “newly accreted” groups. We’re hosting this meeting to get input and involvement from CTU members working in these positions so your needs can be best addressed in the new contract we are negotiating with the district which will take effect in the fall of 2024. If you’re not sure whether you are in one of the newly accreted groups, please see the list below the signup.
Job titles included in the newly accreted groups include: Attendance Coordinator, Attendance and Truancy Specialist, CTE Academy Coordinator, CTE College and Career Coordinator, Case Manager, College and Career Coach, College and Career Equity Specialists, Comprehensive Service Coordinator, Curriculum and Instructional Coach, Day-to-day Substitute School Clerk, Day-to-day Teacher Assistant, Displaced FTB Cadre-100 Days, Displaced Full Time Basis Cadre, Provisional Certificate Substitute Teacher, Short Time Substitute Teacher, Family Engagement Coordinator, Gear-Up Coach, Instructional Support Leader, High School Programmer, High School Support Teacher, Acting Head Teacher, Head Teacher, International Baccalaureate Teacher, Teacher-Citywide, Resident Teacher, Bilingual Teacher, Program Option Teacher, Lead Teacher, Lead Coach, Literacy Coach, Literacy Intervention Teacher, Lifeguard, Magnet Program Specialist, Network College and Career Specialist, Part-time school Counselor, Program Schedule Clerk, Provisional Cadre, Resident Social Worker, Restorative Justice Coordinator, School Counseling Office Assistant, School Counseling Specialists, School Counselor, Social Worker Assistant, Special Education Support Clerk, Teacher Assistant Bilingual I, Teacher Assistant Bilingual II, Teacher Assistant Bilingual Spanish I, Teacher Assistant Bilingual Spanish II, Teacher-Speech Pathologist, Youth Intervention Specialist.
For work performed November 19 through December 2. Paychecks will reflect only 90% of gross pay, due to the unpaid school closure day (made up at the end of the year, so annual salary is not impacted). This is a change from the original payroll plan, due to an agreement to move calendar dates to even out paychecks. Also bear in mind that some benefit deductions will not be reduced by the reduction in gross pay, so net pay will be less than 90 percent of a normal paycheck. See our Payroll Page for the full year’s information.