The CTU’s legislative agenda would improve the day-to-day operations in Chicago’s schools, ensure broad and inclusive representation in school governance, and provide stability and predictability to school communities.
Thanks to Gov. Pritzker, legislators, labor and communities throughout Chicago, Illinois is in a better place
CHICAGO, Jan. 29, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement today in response to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s State of the State address:
Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Pritzker and the Illinois General Assembly, Illinois is in a better position this year than it was at this time last year. The conditions for improvement were laid here in Chicago by community groups and labor organizations who were clear that the wealthy should pay their fair share; that we must invest in child care and public schools; that we must reform our criminal justice system; and that we must center justice and equity in how Illinois moves forward.
To that end, the Chicago Teachers Union recommends concrete steps to continue this progress. To support public education, Illinois and the City of Chicago must quickly increase their financial commitment to the school funding formula—equity is impossible without sufficient funding—and that new funding should come from a new Fair Tax. To address property taxes, our city and state must reform tax increment financing (TIF) laws, end tax breaks and handouts to billionaires who do not need them, and instead, reinvest in libraries, schools, infrastructure and parks that benefit all Illinois residents.
Our city and state must also provide affordable housing and increase employment opportunities. And to ensure that people who need mental health care are not imprisoned under the guise of “treatment,” we should invest more in homeless support services to prevent those who require medical care from entering the criminal justice system. Investments like these are preventative and provide far more long-term benefits than the constant proposal of cuts, consolidations, closures and efficiencies.
We look forward to the governor’s budget address to learn more about his specific proposals on investing in and securing Illinois’ social and financial future.
2019 General Session Legislative Agenda
The CTU’s 2020 legislative agenda is designed to improve the day-to-day operations in Chicago’s schools, ensure broad and inclusive representation in school governance, and provide stability and predictability to school communities.
HB 2267 – Elected School Board for Chicago
The bill would create an elected school board in the City of Chicago starting with the 2023 municipal election. Twenty board members would be elected from representative districts across the city, and the school board president would be elected city-wide. Districts will be drawn to ensure appropriate and inclusive representation. This bill would end mayoral control of schools in Chicago by bringing real democracy and voice to the Chicago Board of Education.
HB 2275 – Equalize Bargaining Rights in Illinois
The bill equalizes bargaining rights between CPS and the 850 other school districts in the state by ending CPS’ special negotiating deal and requiring CPS to bargain over class size, school staffing, outsourcing, and other critical issues.
SB 188/HB 335 – Local School Councils for All
These bills would improve training for Local School Council (LSC) members, create LSCs at charter schools, and end the practice of advisory-only LSCs at dozens of CPS schools.
HB 3917 – CPS equitable budgeting
The bill brings the destructive Student Based Budgeting (SBB) model to an end by requiring CPS to follow the State’s Evidence Based Model of school funding for low-income students, students with special needs, and English learners.
HB 4961/SB3505 – Charter School Union Neutrality Agreements
The bills protect workers at charter schools by requiring a union neutrality agreement – an agreement between a union and employer that states the employer will not interfere with federally protected activities – be a part of any charter school application or reauthorization.