Despite a coordinated assault against the Workers’ Rights Amendment by the far right, on Nov. 8, the amendment passed and the right to organize and bargain collectively is now enshrined in the Illinois Constitution. And, all 34 of 34 CTU-endorsed candidates won their seats.
PSRP Corner: If you go the extra mile for your school during the holidays, make sure to take a rest break
PSRPs often go the extra mile to accommodate the needs of our school communities. But during the winter holidays, that extra mile may seem more like a 5 k marathon. PSRP for life Christel Williams-Hayes has some tips for how to finish the holiday race.
In just five weeks, Brandon Johnson’s campaign for mayor has drawn support from every corner of the city, building a multi-racial, progressive movement to transform Chicago. Team Brandon is on the move, but he needs our help.
The Internet and the news are awash with stories of how young people are dealing with the stress and anxiety of the pandemic. Educators are reporting more discipline problems, students acting out and even engaging in self harm. And the PSRPs in our school are on the frontlines dealing with these crises.
With 43 percent of classes in quarantine in late January, the Nixon Elementary Safety Committee sprang into action. After a three-hour meeting, the committee decided to flip the entire school to remote.
Earlier this year, students at dozens of CPS high schools walked out of class to protest the mayor’s unsafe reopening plan, which they said had ignored the voices and needs of students. The district-wide walkout ended with a protest at CPS headquarters.
Local School Councils (LSCS) give educators and parents a democratic tool to help shape the vision of their schools and LSC election season is in full swing. Candidate applications are due at 3 p.m., Friday, March 4.
As LSC election season kicks off, the CTU is encouraging members to run for teacher rep positions on their school’s council. Serving on your LSC is an important way to exercise power in your building and hold CPS and your administration accountable.
In 2015, the Chicago City Council passed an historic Reparations Ordinance, the first in the nation, major element of which is creation of the Reparations Won Curriculum to be taught in Chicago Public Schools. In this article, two CPS teachers discuss how the importance of the curriculum and how they teach it.
CTU budget trainings educate and empower members to challenge budget priorities and advocate for school needs.