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CTU member-wide survey results on reopening of Chicago’s public schools

CTU member-wide survey results on reopening of Chicago’s public schools

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.

Arbitration Wins and Strategic Bargaining Updates!

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.

Chicago needs police-free public schools and an elected, representative school board accountable to the people

Chicago needs police-free public schools and an elected, representative school board accountable to the people

Battle to win real equity and justice for students and Chicago neighborhoods is just beginning. CHICAGO, June 24—The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement this afternoon in response to the vote by a majority of Mayor Lightfoot’s hand-picked board...
Counselors not Cops: The research behind the call for police free schools

Counselors not Cops: The research behind the call for police free schools

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.

Father of student who cops attacked in school to join marchers demanding end to CPS/CPD contract

Father of student who cops attacked in school to join marchers demanding end to CPS/CPD contract

Laurentio Howard, whose 16-year-old daughter was assaulted and tased by cops in her high school, supports call for CPS to invest in student needs, COVID-19 safety – not cops in schools. Noon, TODAY, June 24 Car Caravans/marches: Marchers assembling at Federal...
CTU frontline educators battle deep staffing cuts at CICS charter schools

CTU frontline educators battle deep staffing cuts at CICS charter schools

1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23: Press availability via Zoom. CICS management continues to hoard $35 million in public education funds, while proposing layoffs that will undercut students’ educations, derail ability to support special needs students. CHICAGO—CTU...

The mayor and CPS need to prioritize Black voices, separate fact from fiction

CHICAGO, June 22, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union released the following statement today in response to Chicago Public Schools’ continued refusal to address concerns over policing in the city’s public schools: Young Black organizers throughout our city—and...
Father of student who cops attacked in school to join marchers demanding end to CPS/CPD contract

June 24 protest: CPS must invest in student needs, COVID-19 safety – not punitive policing in schools

CPS’ distorted funding priorities sacrifice critical supports for students to instead bankroll harmful policing practices. Noon, Wednesday, July 24 Car Caravans/marches: Marchers assembling at Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Adams; car caravan assembling near Grace...