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Charter school headlines for week of Nov. 16, 2020

The CTU New Organizing Committee met with charter school educators interested in unionizing. CTU members at Aspira are strategizing how to deal with colocation efforts. Acero Sped and ELL educators participated in a Know Your Rights training and are beginning to reach out to parents. Negotiations on our first contract with Epic are expected to begin after Thanksgiving

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California dreaming

CPS has refused to bargain with the CTU over remote learning or return to in-person school, but educators in Los Angeles have been properly engaged by their school management. Maybe it’s because Los Angeles has an elected school board. Or, maybe, officials there realize you cannot run a school system without the workers.

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Save our Clerks

Instead of honoring PSRPs’ right to a safe workplace, Lightfoot and the Board are defying an arbitrator’s ruling as well as the mayor’s own public health guidance to compel these PSRPs to work in unsafe buildings when they could be working remotely.

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Waiting to Exhale

An independent arbitrator found that school buildings are unsafe and ordered that clerks and other staff should be allowed to work remotely at least four days a week. But the mayor decided she’s above the law and refused to abide by that ruling.

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Charter headlines for the week of Nov. 9

Namaste is the latest charter school to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. After months of negotiations, and a request for a mediator, we are seeing progress in CICS-Civitas talks. Instituto Health and Science Career Academy is hiring a psychologist to comply with the CTU contract. Three laid off special education apprentices have been recalled at Acero, after members organized against the layoffs.

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LSC Election Guidance for School Staff

The 2020 LSC elections are taking place during report card pick-up for elementary on Wednesday, November 18 and for high school on Thursday, November 19 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. This election has obviously been hampered by the COVID-19 crisis, but CPS has also not handled it well.

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Charter school headlines for the week of Nov. 2

CTU reached an agreement with Epic Academy that provides for remote learning through the second quarter, ending Feb. 4, 2021. The agreement also allows for “no stakes” observations. Finally, the union was able to negotiate 30 minutes on the clock for union meetings...

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Learn more about how CTU is working with Chicago Public Schools to make sure our schools are safe and secure. Learn more and take action to demand emergency response from CPS and the mayor.

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Upcoming Events

Dec
9
Wed
4:30 pm House of Delegates meeting
House of Delegates meeting
Dec 9 @ 4:30 pm
House of Delegates meeting
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Dec
21
Mon
all-day Winter Break (Paid Vacation)
Winter Break (Paid Vacation)
Dec 21 – Dec 25 all-day
Based on the 2020-2021 CPS Calendar published by the Chicago Board of Education.
Dec
28
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all-day Winter Break (Unpaid)
Winter Break (Unpaid)
Dec 28 2020 – Jan 1 2021 all-day
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Jan
6
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4:30 pm House of Delegates meeting
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Jan 6 @ 4:30 pm
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18
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all-day Martin Luther King Holiday (Paid)
Martin Luther King Holiday (Paid)
Jan 18 all-day
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3
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4:30 pm House of Delegates meeting
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Feb 3 @ 4:30 pm
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Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Spring 2021 without principal permission between November 22, 2020 and January 6, 2021.

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