Charter schools and remote learning
Just like district employees are fighting CPS for a safe return to school, educators at each charter school must do battle with the charter board to ensure the safety of staff and students. CTU-ACTS members are excited to join their sisters, brothers, and siblings from district schools at the car caravan this Saturday to demand a safe return.
Cautious Optimism at Namaste
It has been a rough go for CTU members at Namaste. The Namaste Board held in-person summer school then declared the school a safe haven for students in the fall. But the Union’s consistent push for the health and safety of staff and students seems to have paid off. The in-person safe haven has been shut down. At the Professional Solutions Committee meeting this week, which is similar to a PPC, Union and employer shared ideas about improving remote learning. Right now the charter is operating under a Memorandum of Understanding that allows teachers to be remote and limits the amount of in-person clerical work. The MOU expires January 15.
Epic Academy negotiations
CTU members at Epic Academy opened negotiations for their very first contract on Thursday. The negotiating committee has already successfully bargained two MOUs on remote learning and one creating a Professional Solutions Committee, which is similar to a PPC.
Acero fight continues
Members at Acero continue their campaign to fight layoffs. Meetings with CTU members and parents are highlighting the racist nature of the cuts to ELL and special ed programs.
Show us the money
Urban Prep this year received the same amount of money per student from CPS as every other charter and district school. On top of that, the school received $1.2 million in federal Paycheck Protection Program loans. But Urban Prep pays teachers 30 percent less than CPS district teachers and the resources for students are embarrassingly thin. Where did the money go?