News and Notes

Educators at Instituto del Progreso Latino vote unanimously to authorize strike

CTU members at Instituto del Progreso Latino have voted unanimously to authorize a strike. The strike vote comes as charter management continues to stall at the barganing table, even though its pocketing millions in bogus fees from its two schools. Read more.


Stand up for housing with BCH campaign

Some 60,000 Chicagoans lack secure housing. Among the homeless, more than 20,000 are our students. On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, City Council members voted Yes to the Bring Chicago Home ordinance, so a referendum will appear on the March ballot asking Chicagoans if we want a dedicated revenue stream to serve Chicago’s unhoused population. Our students and families need you to stand up and be counted for BCH. Learn more about the BCH campaign and let us know Chicagoans can count on your Yes vote.


Multi-colored graphic advertising a fundraiser showing the new remake of the Color Purple for CTU member and 1st Cook County Commissioner Tara Stamps.

Support Tara Stamps’ campaign for 1st District County Board seat

Join Cook County Commissioner Tara Stamps Dec. 10, at 11 a.m., for the premiere of the remake of The Color Purple, a timeless classic, as a fundraiser for her campaign in the Cook County Congressional District 1 special election. Purchase tickets today.


Bring Chicago Home canvassing event with Tara Stamps, United Working Families and the I-290 IPO.

Dec. 16 Canvass for Bring Chicago Home

Join our sister Cook County Commissioner Tara Stamps to canvass the west side for the Bring Chicago Home referendum. Learn more about the referendum and sign up to talk to neighbors about this important measure to fight homelessness.


Bilingual/ESL endorsement cohort, IEP interpreter stipend, and member meeting for teachers of bilingual students

We’ve got a round up of important news for our bilingual members, including a Dec. 15 deadline to submit your application for the upcoming bilingual/ESL endorsement cohort, the Jan. 19 IEP interpreter stipend deadline, and an important all-member meeting on bilingual education Dec. 18. Read more.


CPS Facilities Planning Round Tables

On December 12 at 5:30 p.m. CPS will hold its first Educational Facilities Master Plan Round Table specifically for the South Side planning area. Many of our schools are in buildings over a century old, needing major upgrades or replacement to utilize modern HVAC systems. You can make your voice heard at these events. CPS will hold at least two of these round tables per week through February, with one session in each of the 16 geographic areas CPS identified. See all the sessions, learn more and register through the CPS website’s EFMP community engagement page.


Group photo of CTU vision and hearing screeners in their red CTU t-shirts at a CPS professional development session.

CTU who? Hearing and vision techs send solidarity from their CPS PD

Kudos to CTU hearing and vision technician delegate Pat Blanchard for sending this shot of the techs at a CPS PD, donning their red CTU t-shirts. And hats off to all the techs for demonstrating their union solidarity to CPS!


IFT survey: make your voice heard

The IFT’s PreK-12 Constituency Council needs our help to advocate for working conditions and student learning conditions that will encourage the retention of public educators and attract people to education-related professions in Illinois. Take this quick four-question IFT survey.


Notices

Dec. 7: Special education Know Your Rights Training

Questions about special ed in CPS? This training will focus on using our contract to enforce SPED policy and advocate for our students and their educators. Join us virtually Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. Register for the training.


Dec. 8 deadline: Check your sports stipend information!

Coaches, Athletic Directors and Sports Liaisons will split up millions of dollars in contractual stipends. Make sure you get your share! The final amount of each member’s stipend will be determined when we validate the list of coaches from last school year. So, go to ctulocal1.org/sports to make sure all your coaching, AD and liaison work is credited in our list. The deadline is Dec. 8 to let us know if we are missing your work, so check your listing now!


Dec. 11: Meeting for members in positions new to the CTU

Since 2015, we’ve had a growing list of CPS positions that are new additions to the CTU, such as Youth Interventions Specialists, Instructional Support Leaders, Resident Teachers and more. We are hosting a meeting at CTU to get input and involvement from CTU members working in these positions for the 2024 contract. Members of these groups should join us at the CTU Center on Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Learn more and register for the meeting.


Flyer with mural of three revolutionary latinas advertising the Sanctuary Series event described below.

Dec. 13: Understanding the migrant crisis — three part sanctuary series

The second meeting of the three-part Sanctuary Series will be Wed., Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. Join us via Zoom for “Expanding Sanctuary in Chicago & Beyond: A Conversation on Current and Global Events,” which features Juan González, co-host of Democracy Now. Get more information about the series at bit.ly/sanctuaryseries2023 and get more resources at ctulocal1.org/sanctuary.


Resources to help you support and meet the needs of newcomers to our city and CPS

We know CTU members have been on the front lines supporting our new neighbors being shipped here by right wing zealots. But you can’t do it alone — more is needed. We’ve assembled a page of resources to help you support your new students and their families. Visit CTUlocal1.org/sanctuary for more information and resources.


Members Corner

In Memoriam, November 2023

We honor our members who have passed on. You can read the list of departed educators on our website.


Celebrate your siblings

Do you know a CTU member who’s achieved a special milestone or accomplishment that you want to acknowledge? Have they made something cool you want to share with the union? Send your blurb (1 to 4 sentences) to communications@ctulocal1.org for consideration in an upcoming Members Corner.


Events


In the News

CTUF Quest Center

Examining Bias
Screencastify

Exploring the World
Understanding the Illinois Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards

National Board Certification

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