CHICAGO— On Thursday, Chicago Teachers Union leaders, Paraprofessionals and other educators will hold a press conference to address the harm that public school budget cuts proposed by CPS executives would have on students and their classrooms.

As Chicago students’ achievement continues to outpace other big cities, CEO Pedro Martinez is putting those gains at risk with the reckless budget cuts he is proposing to the Board of Education.

These harsh cuts will undermine historic advances by firing over 330 paraprofessionals. CPS paraprofessionals are largely Black and Latine women, often mothers living in the communities that they serve, supporting our most overcrowded classrooms and our most vulnerable students including those that are homeless, bilingual and those with disabilities.

Next year’s CPS budget must prioritize what our students and schools need and so far, the draft CPS budgets don’t add up. Thursday’s press conference will lay out a way forward that prioritizes our students, invests in our city’s classrooms and protects the vital roles our educators and paraprofessionals play in our educational communities.


Thursday, June 27, 2024, 9:30 am


Stacy Davis Gates, CTU President
Christel Williams, CTU Recording Secretary
(and “Paraprofessional for Life”)
Rank-and-file CTU Teacher Assistants, Restorative Justice Coordinators and other Paraprofessionals


42 W. Madison St Jones College Prep, 700 S. State