Caught between the gross ineptitude of Donald Trump’s U.S. Department of Education, and the uncertainty from Chicago Public Schools, more than 85 percent of CTU member respondents feel they should not or might not go back to work in the fall without a detailed plan and resources that will help guarantee the safe re-opening of our schools.
19,000 evictions are filed in Chicago per year, and an estimated 25%of those are “no-cause evictions.” This means that the renters in these situations did not do anything wrong like fail to pay the rent or breach their lease to wind up in eviction court.
Update from CTU leadership on contract enforcement, and the conditions we’re fighting for in district and charter schools in order to safely return to classrooms.
The results are overwhelming: 90 percent of rank-and-file educators at EPIC charter school have voted to unionize and join the CTU.
The “ARA” is CPS’ latest attempt to close schools while claiming to ‘make them better’. The report was developed by Kids First Chicago, a new name for the Renaissance School Fund, a charter fundraising group that pushes education privatization.
We’ve recently leveraged powerful wins on personal business days in arbitration, and made important progress in strategic bargaining on PSRP summer in-person assignments and securing drivers ed instructors’ second semester pay. Scroll down to learn more! NOTE: We’ve added in a link that was missing under PSRP summer assignments.
The Chicago Teachers Union Education Policy Department, along with rank-and-file educators, have conducted extensive research on the presence of police in public schools across the country. Their findings below are just a snapshot of overwhelming evidence supporting the termination of the $33 million contract between the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Public Schools, the removal of all officers from the city’s school communities, and reinvestment of funds into additional staffing, restorative justice, and trauma and wraparound services.
Laurentio Howard, whose daughter was beaten, tased and dragged down the stairs by Chicago police working in Marshall High School, wrote this letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Chicago Board of Ed President Miguel del Valle calling for police-free schools.
In a major contract win, the Chicago Teachers Union has finalized the process for 30 Chicago public schools to receive a restorative justice coordinator, counselor or librarian starting in the 2020-2021 school year.
The CTU grievance department provides this advice with actions to take to secure your rights. We’re also sharing news of important grievance wins that secure rights for all our members.
Important PSRP info on end-of-year assignments and summer unemployment benefits.
Updated Friday evening, June 12: Just as he did last weekend, our ally Ervin Lopez has compiled a list of marches, caravans and other events for racial justice, against police violence and for a more just Chicago. We will update this post as we receive and vet further information. Thank you, Ervin!
If you can’t show up, you can still support the Movement.
The deadline in 2020 is Friday, June 12 for stipends won in our latest contract for language interpreters in IEP meetings.