Thanks to Lane Tech students Finley Williams and Toby Straus for submitting this guest editorial. The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times took a pass on publishing this piece—but we at the CTU think it’s too important not to be shared publicly. Finley, Toby, and fellow students volunteers across the city have organized to call on CPS to end its disastrous grading policy during the pandemic.
The decision to kick Aramark our of schools is a testament to our members’ advocacy and the work of our union. We are happy to finally see some light at the end of this filthy tunnel, but that’s where the celebration ends.
DeVos, Lightfoot on same page in blaming teachers and clinicians for agencies’ ongoing and chronic failure to adequately support special needs students. See links to press conference here and lawsuit here. CHICAGO, May 20, 2020—The CTU blasted Chicago Mayor Lori...
Please email your state representative and state senator and ask them to support the following legislative proposals for our students and their families.
Press conference: 1:30 p.m. TODAY, May 20 VIA ZOOM: email firstname.lastname@example.org for link. Deficient federal regulations dovetail with ill-conceived CPS special education policies to undermine education and supports for thousands of special needs students....
Labor Board also disappoints frontline workers by excluding three from bargaining unit. CHICAGO, May 19, 2020—Educators at EPIC Academy College Prep seeking to join the Chicago Teachers Union celebrated Monday afternoon when the NLRB -- the National Labor Relations...
As students shelter in place, CPS families need sex ed now more than ever. But the district’s program is lagging.
PSRPs are the bedrock of our school communities during normal times. But during the COVID-19 crisis, their dedication and support for our families is more important than ever.
Teachers are making the best of a bad situation, but a Google classroom is not a classroom.
We’re excited to welcome teachers, artists and community creators to join the Chicago Teachers Union and Fox32/My50 in launching innovative programming that provides broadcast video lessons to students across the city during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mayor is either misinformed or dishonest about ‘consulting’ Union on dangerous, irresponsible mandates
CPS has tried to force school clerks back into buildings without guarantees of PPE or clean facilities, while mayor's school bosses have imposed dangerous, irresponsible mandates on CTU rank-and-file. CHICAGO, May 8, 2020—CTU President Jesse Sharkey issued the...
In a normal school year, students and staff at Alex Haley Academy spend the month of April celebrating student artwork and preparing to enter the All City Visual Arts Exhibition. But this school year is far from normal.
“We Still Teach” initiative will connect Union’s dynamic teaching force with students sheltering in place, particularly those who continue to lack broadband access and/or electronic devices to work remotely.
COVID-19 has exposed the massive inequities, homelessness, lack of affordable housing, unemployment, food insecurity, and inadequate healthcare Chicago students and their families face every day.
Locke Elementary School teacher Michol Whitney has a message for her colleagues.