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Tell the IL Senate to pass HB 2267 for an Elected Representative School Board in Chicago

Chicago is an outlier in Illinois as a major district whose school board is not directly elected by the people whose welfare it is meant to serve. HB 2267, which has passed the House and currently awaits recognition and vote in the Senate, would fix that situation and finally bring an important measure of democracy to Chicago Public Schools.

Charter school headlines for the week of Feb. 22, 2021

Asian Human Services, the owner of Passages Charter School, has abruptly broken off negotiations but members remain united. Aspira members have reached a tentative agreement over the move of ASPIRA Early College High School into the ASPIRA Haugan Middle School building. CTU members at Instituto Justice Leadership Academy are raising objections about the school’s disturbing lack of cleanliness. Educators at Latino Youth High School continue to stand strong in their 28th week of refusing the boss’ return to in-person work order. And we are close to a tentative reopening agreement with Namaste.

New Delegates in Citywide and Charter Representative Units

For the end of the three year delegate term this January, the CTU held nomination meetings for delegate positions in citywide representative units. This included PSRP and clinician positions for both district and charter schools. The number of members nominated for each representative unit did not exceed the number of positions. So, none of the nominations were contested and elections were not necessary. The names of these new delegates are listed below for each representative unit.

Resources for New LSC Members

Congrats to all the new LSC members! Thanks to all for stepping up and working with parents and community leaders to ensure that our schools are empowered to effectively govern and fight for the schools our students deserve. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and CTU is here to help you every step of the way!

Three types of accommodations

Under the recently ratified Framework for Resumption of In-Person Instruction, three types of accommodations are offered to members who qualify and an unpaid, job-protected leave is offered to any member concerned about returning to in-person instruction under the conditions of the agreement. See details here.

Working remotely when you have no in-person students

Working remotely when you have no in-person students

We’ve received numerous reports of members being told by their principals that they cannot work remotely even if they have no in-person students. This is not correct, except under certain circumstances – and members need to demand that their rights to remote work under the Memorandum of Agreement be honored.

Cerebral, Regal & for the People

Cerebral, Regal & for the People

Poet and King College Prep Teacher Erik Young wrote this piece to honor the strength and courage of CTU President Emerita Karen Lewis.

Voting on the Framework

Voting on the Framework

Ballots have now gone out to every working email address in our database belonging to an active member at a district school.

Mayor Lightfoot, CPS leadership walk away from bargaining table

Mayor Lightfoot, CPS leadership walk away from bargaining table

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has walked away from the bargaining table again after instructing her CPS leadership team to submit a “last, best and final offer” to the Union at 11:15 p.m. on Thursday night. CPS could do so much better, but refuses. Stay strong. Stay united. Raise your fighting voices even louder. Watch for updates .

Congressman García and Chicago-area state legislators urge safety and resources

Congressman García and Chicago-area state legislators urge safety and resources

Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García wrote to President Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona about the need for resources and cooperation in reopening schools, echoing the concerns that the Chicago Teachers Union has raised about Mayor Ligghtfoot’s reopening plan. On the same day, 23 state legislators from the Chicago area wrote to the mayor, the Board of Education and CPS leadership urging cooperation, caution and resources in reopening schools.

Black educators discuss real equity in a pandemic, state electeds urge governor to sign bill restoring Union bargaining rights

As Black and Latinx communities continue to lag in vaccinations and core equity needs, CPS continues to reject sensible safety proposals in bargaining. Friday, Feb. 5, 7 a.m.: “What does equity look like in a pandemic for Black educators and Black...
An open letter to parents from the Chicago Teachers Union

An open letter to parents from the Chicago Teachers Union

Our union shared this open letter with Chicago public school parents as negotiations with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPS leadership continue. We continue to work towards reaching an agreement that supports the safety, equity and trust every public school community in Chicago needs and deserves.