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A school building, labeled public schools, turned upside down by a hand marked with the Republican elephant symbol and shaken, causing coins to shower another building labeled private schools.

Oct. 19: Day of action, public dollars for public schools

Right wing forces are trying to resurrect Illinois’ private school voucher program, which ends this year. They are well funded, but we are well organized. On Oct. 19, we’ll launch a coordinated day of action to tell lawmakers to ensure public dollars go to our public schools. Share this flyer at your school and use this tool to send messages to your elected officials. Learn more at

Candidates for Elementary Functional VP Vacancies

Thirteen members were nominated for Functional Vice President of Elementary School Teachers at the September 27, 2023 House of Delegates meeting. One member declined the nomination. At the November 01, 2023 House of Delegates meeting, all voting delegates who are members of the Elementary School Teachers functional group may vote for six candidates to fill six unexpired terms for Functional Vice President of Elementary School Teachers on the CTU Executive Board. Read the rules and procedures for the election of these positions.

Rogelio AguilarMarquette School of Excellence
Ana BolotinPrieto Math & Science Academy
Natasha CarlsenCamras Children’s Engineering School
Diane CastroLorca Elementary School
Michelle CorreaPeterson Elementary School
Darnell DowdRay Elementary School
Joyce JeffersonBeasley Academic Center
Vicki KurzydloSauganash Elementary School
Marrissa SeidlerBurbank Elementary School
Gabriel SheridanRay Elementary School
Wendy WeingartenLaSalle II Magnet School
Jeannine WoodsHaines Elementary School

CTU applauds Mayor Johnson for centering partnership and Chicago’s forgotten communities in budget address

We have always believed a collaborative partner on the fifth floor of city hall would make a difference for our students, families and communities. Contrary to prior mayors, Mayor Johnson has proposed a budget that will advance our struggle for a more fair, just and equitable Chicago. Read our statement on the mayor’s proposed budget and watch today’s budget address.

Hundreds of UAW members and CTU members, all dressed in red, hold up raised fists at a solidarity rally for striking auto workers in Chicago.

CTU out in force at Stand Up Rally, supporting our striking UAW siblings

Thank you to all the CTU members who came out for Saturday’s Stand Up Rally to support our striking UAW siblings. “The Chicago Teachers Union revived the strike and started a movement across the country,” UAW President Shawn Fain said at the rally, flanked by CTU president Stacy Davis-Gates and Mayor Brandon Johnson. “I’m honored to share the stage with Stacy Davis Gates.” If you haven’t already, sign the “All In with UAW” online petition today.

Group photo of Mayor Brandon Johnson, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates and rank-and-file CTU members as they visit Vaughn Occupational High School.
Vaughn High School delegate Laura Smith, left of Mayor Johnson, with CTU President Stacy Davis Gates, CPS CEO Pedro Martinez and other officials during a visit to the school.

A school worthy of the name Jacqueline Vaughn

Mayor Brandon Johnson, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates, CTU members and other officials visited Jacqueline Vaughn Occupational High School, a unique specialty school serving students with disabilities. “This is the school that Jacqueline Vaughn deserved to be named for,” President Gates said after the visit. Read more.

Arbitration win brings clarity on high school pay for added preps

As the entire country grapples with a shortage of qualified teachers, schools are increasingly asking our members to pick up extra classes for which they haven’t hired the necessary staff. As teachers have stepped up to take extra preps, CPS has been inconsistent in applying our contractual pay. This arbitration ruling will fix that. Read more about the ruling.

We’re hiring: CTU Organizer

CTU organizers play a key role in our fight to enforce our contract, strengthen and grow our union, and win good schools for all. If you’re interested in joining our team, please submit your resume, with references and a cover letter, to Read more about the Organizer position.

Oct. 11: NBCT Information Session

Recruitment begins in October for the 2024-2026 Nurturing Teacher Leadership National Board Certification cohort. CTUF will host a virtual information meeting on Oct. 11, 5 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact or register for the NTL information session here.

Understanding and supporting middle school students with reading disabilities

This program will create a small, short-term professional learning community to support teachers of middle grade students who have a reading disability such as dyslexia. The program runs for eight weeks and is an opportunity for middle school special ed teachers to join a professional learning cohort and get paid for it. Presented by the Illinois SLD Support Project. Learn more and apply by Oct. 11.

Oct. 12: LSCs 4 All — Holding Effective LSC Meetings

Join the LSCs 4 All coalition to learn tools and resources to conduct effective and collaborative LSC meetings in the year ahead. Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., via Zoom. Register for the meeting.

Save the date Nov. 18: School Leaders and Delegates Training

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Oct. 16: No Cop Academy: The documentary

“No Cop Academy: The Documentary” tells the story of Chicago’s 2017-2019 campaign to stop a $95 million cop academy and invest in Black youth and communities instead. At Malcolm X College, Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m. for tabling and pizza, 5:30 p.m. for film. More info.

Aqua, red and orange graphic celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

The CTU is proud to celebrate and lift up the culture, contributions and voices of our vibrant Latine community. ¡Esta lucha es tuya, mía, y de nosotros! Read more.


Photo of Disney Magnet School music teacher Kathyrn Zamarron wearing her red CTU t-shirt.Teaching music is an adventure every day for Disney educator Kathryn Zamarrón

Disney Magnet School music teacher, Kathryn Zamarrón, has wanted to be a teacher since third grade. In high school, her dream solidified as she watched CTU President Karen Lewis take on the mayor, transform the political debate in Chicago and fight for students like her. Now, she says teaching music at Disney is a “different adventure every hour.” Read more about Kathryn.

CTU committees are the lifeblood of our union

Committees have always been the lifeblood of CTU’s democratic structures, a place to experiment, push the district to address problems, formulate new contract language and school policies, and meet people from different schools and functional groups. In advance of our contract campaign we are featuring the work of different CTU committees. This week it’s our Arts Committee. Please reach out to for information about other committees.

The CTU Arts Committee is looking for teachers dedicated to arts education to join our team

The mission of the CTU Arts Committee is to support a robust and equitable arts education for every CPS student taught by certified arts teachers. The committee’s aim is to create positive and safe working conditions for arts educators and to build strong and impactful school communities centered around the arts. Learn more about the committee.

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