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Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

It’s past time for politicians who promise real change, real equity and real hope to make good on those promises CHICAGO, September 23, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that the Kentucky...

SAT and PSAT are dangerous in this pandemic and of little use to students.

CPS is planning to give the SAT and PSAT exams in person this fall, starting with the September 23 administration. Once again they have missed the mark. Our predominantly Black and Latinx students and their families are facing many economic, social, health, and emotional challenges in this moment. Yet, CPS is still requiring Seniors to take the SAT before they graduate.

Update on battles with charter school operators

Just as CPS has dragged its heels in bargaining while at the same time issuing backwards, ill-conceived and unworkable ‘guidance’ for remote learning in District schools, charter operators are also making dangerous or unworkable demands of workers and...

A comprehensive look at our veteran pay agreement with CPS

Chicago Public Schools dragged its feet on implementing the $25 million in additional pay for the most experienced teachers. Payments first came this summer and members had many questions about the implementation and what it meant for their own paychecks. We’ve answered as many as possible in this post.

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in layoffs

Union argues that 2011 layoffs targeted Black educators in segregated schools even as district policies continue to decimate ranks of Black teachers and support staff. CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—For almost ten years, the CTU has been battling CPS in federal court on...
Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

CPS admits COVID cases among CPS workers have tripled since May, with hundreds of school workers contracting COVID-19—and at least eight now dead—despite working in lightly populated buildings with very limited staff.   CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—The Chicago Teachers...