The days when teachers could simply close the door and mind our own classroom have passed.
The Chicago Teachers Union has been at the center of social issues and social justice for the students and parents across the city. The politicians and policy-makers of Chicago have failed to provide fair and unbiased treatment for all students. Educators have been under attack, forcing teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals to become involved in the political fight to save public education. The days when teachers could simply close the door and mind our own classroom have passed.
Here are some ways to get involved:
- Become a member of one of the Chicago Teachers Union Committees.
- Join your school Professional Problems Committee (PPC).
- Attend your school’s Local School Council (LSC) meetings.
- Talk with parents on a weekly basis on issues that involve your school’s resources.
- Make a contribution to the CTU Political Action Committee (CTU-PAC).
Teachers, clinicians and paraprofessionals need to reach out to parents and community partners to save our community schools. If you’ve stood on the sidelines, now is the time to get in the game: whether by talking to parents after school or carrying the banner in planned actions. The time has come to unite with our fellow colleagues and decide what role you can play to help save our students and schools.