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On the commemoration of Juneteenth

On the commemoration of Juneteenth

The best way to honor those who built this nation for free, in bondage, is to fight forward for a society that is based on equity, justice and fairness for all, no matter their ZIP code, color, creed or citizenship status.

CPS: Release the sports funds!

CPS: Release the sports funds!

Sign the petition! Sports are essential for mental and physical growth, and with the influx of funding into our district, the athletic programs in our schools cannot look like they did pre-COVID. We are emerging from a pandemic and children will have to continue adjusting to a “new” normal. CPS and the mayor should be giving our students more, not less.

Was this really a lost year? 

Was this really a lost year? 

Testing companies, along with education administrators and politicians who have drunk the testing Kool-Aid, can’t stop talking about the “learning loss” of students this past year. CTU Education Policy Analyst Carol Caref deconstructs the madness.

Shame on you, CPS

Shame on you, CPS

PSRP Judy Mahoney is exactly the kind of employee CPS should value. She served as the school clerk at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen for 23 years until a drunk driver changed the course of her life one night. Now, four years later, CPS has slashed Judy’s position at the school and, had our Union not fought back, she would have been out of job at the end of June.

CTU educators strike Urban Prep charter operator

Management continues to reject language protecting special education students, classroom needs, student resources in contract negotiations that have dragged on for three years. 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 7: socially distanced press conference with educators, parents....

Charter headlines for the week of May 31, 2021

Members at Urban Prep voted unanimously to strike unless management comes to the table with a more reasonable offer. CTU pressure pushed ASPIRA to retract non-renewal notices for Union members. Epic Academy terminated four of the most active CTU members on the bargaining team, prompting members to prepare to strike. Youth Connections Leadership Academy has reversed course on closing the school. CTU pushed the General Assembly to close a loophole that allowed ChiArts and other contract schools to skip contributions to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

New Executive Board members elected to represent elementary school teachers

At the June 2 House of Delegates meeting, Norma Noriega of Stevenson ES, Lori Torres of Monroe ES and Aisha Wade-Bey of Lawndale CA won seats on the Executive Board as functional vice presidents representing elementary school teachers. Congratulations to them and to all the members who stepped up to run.

Area (Regional) Meetings for PPCs and Safety Committees

Join fellow PPC and safety committee members in your region for a crucial discussion to review the year and position ourselves for what’s necessary going into the summer. The “Memorandum of Agreement” (“MOA”) with CPS expires in August. CPS is already calling for a full reopening. Negotiations over what happens next have high stakes: $2 BILLION high, as that’s how much the federal government is providing the district in COVID relief money. We must continue to push CPS to negotiate with our Union, not just over safety issues, but over what a real “recovery” should look like in our schools.

Springfield Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The spring legislative session in Springfield has now ended – and the CTU’s legislative agenda advanced important improvements and protections for CTU members and the students and families we serve. This year had already been a huge success in the legislature – we...
Episode 35: Barriers Facing Deaf Students at CPS

Episode 35: Barriers Facing Deaf Students at CPS

In this episode of CTU Speaks!, Andrea and Jim talk with Kelsey Cavanaugh, an American Sign Language interpreter for CPS, and Christa Valencia, a middle-school teacher of the deaf. They discuss the many hurdles that deaf students confront at CPS — from getting placed in a school in the first place to the inequities they experience once they get there. They also talk about some potential solutions to these problems going forward.