Today Illinois lawmakers made history by being the first state in the nation to eliminate a school voucher program, a “reform” effort started in 1956 by white parents in North Carolina seeking to stop public school integration.
Chicago Teachers Union raises concerns about Senate President’s last minute changes to elected school board bill.
CPS needs to start addressing climate change and environmental racism immediately. While CPS must create a long-term plan to incorporate our vision for transformative green schools, CPS must not delay in taking steps necessary to secure funds and make critical green upgrades.
At its September 27, 2023 meeting the CTU House of Delegates voted unanimously to make the following endorsements for the March 19, 2024 General Primary Election.
CHICAGO—The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Thursday commended the Illinois General Assembly for passing a bill that protects Illinois educators from intimidation, retaliation and interference when they organize to join a union in privately operated charter schools, a move that will help educators improve the teaching and learning conditions in their schools. The legislation, HB 1120, requires charter school operators taking public school funding to include a labor neutrality clause as part of its school authorization. Under such a clause, an employer agrees to refrain from opposing or taking a position on union organizing by their employees.
Teachers Erin Lynch and Ayesha Qazi-Lampert have co-taught lessons on climate justice and have taught other teachers how to teach about these issues as well. They will share curricula, videos, lesson plans, units and other resources so you can plan your own lessons during Earth Week, which takes place April 17 – 22, 2023.
The Vallas-Chico duo is bad for working families, bad for classrooms and will be dismal for Chicago.
Historic labor and community movement propels educator, organizer, and CTU member Brandon Johnson into April runoff for mayor
Thanks to an unprecedented, historic multi-generational, multi-ethnic working-class coalition demanding transformative change in Chicago, educator, CTU member, and public school parent Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson will advance to the April 4 runoff, continuing to spread his bold vision for a Better Chicago and grow his people-powered winning coalition.
In recent weeks, CTU members fanned out across the city — on foot and electronically — to make the case to thousands of voters about the importance of investing in schools, housing the unhoused, health care, effective public transportation, LGBTQ+ rights, and environmental protections. Brandon’s campaign is the most diverse, multi-generational, and inspirational we have seen in a long while. This outreach moved people closer to an inclusive and equitable vision of the schools and the city our students deserve.
Read updates on IEP Interpreter restrictions and on IEP Interpreter stipends from the 2021–22 school year. Read an update on donations for newcomer students and on the sanctuary letter that CPS finally released after three years of advocacy from CTU members and families.