February 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
CTU Center
Jhoanna Maldonado

Many CTU members are only now learning that every student involuntarily sent to Chicago by anti-immigrant governors in states like Texas and Florida is eligible to be enrolled as a Student in a Temporary Living Situation (STLS). This is also true for students who have fled the war in Ukraine or who have recently arrived from Latin America.

In addition, we know that CPS’ training on these issues is severely lacking. That makes this a critical time to review the resources that are available both for newly arrived students as well as for the approximately 17,000 houseless students that already attend our school district.

This Chalkbeat article features a student whose life was transformed by an educator who helped him access resources such as food, shelter, and other support that he desperately needed but didn’t know existed. Now that he’s through that difficult time in his life, he wants to become an educator who can help students just like him.

This know-your-rights training will include information about what students are entitled to and what assistance they can receive, including:

  • STLS definition
  • Migrant students
  • McKinney Vento Rights
  • Know your rights
  • SNAP update
  • Unaccompanied youth
  • Migrant ID documents needed
  • CPS fees and fines

This event is open to all members and should be of particular interest to STLS liasions, STLS advocates, clerks, bilingual educators and counselors.

This meeting is a joint project of the CTU Housing Committee and the CTU Bilingual Education Committee.

This event will be hybrid, so you can attend by Zoom or in person:
Register for Zoom

Register for In-Person

Can you donate winter clothes or school supplies?

Graphic asking for donations of school supplies and winter clothes

We are soliciting donations of new winter clothes and school supplies for new arrivals spending their first winter in Chicago. You can drop off new winter hats, gloves, scarves, coats, and other warm clothing for kids in pre-K through 12th grade as well as new school supplies at the Chicago Teachers Union, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.