The bulletin will take next week off for spring break. Look for our next edition in your inboxes April 2. Enjoy your much-deserved time off and rest up so we can close the year out strong.

News and Notes

Assessment vote deadline pushback

Last week, we informed you of CPS’ attempt to circumvent the contract by releasing the assessment vote procedures without consultation with the union. We demanded that the board amend the timeline to allow for discussion and collaboration on the school’s proposed assessment plan. CPS has yet to respond to our request and has instead moved forwarded with the April 5 deadline to conduct school level assessment votes.

This signals to us that CPS doesn’t want real engagement on this process. Here are our recommendations on how to proceed:

  1. Demand that your school leader push back the deadline to provide more time for discussion. The guidance states that schools have until April 19 to submit approved SY25 assessment plans to the network.

  2. If your principal refuses your request for an extension, organize your members to VOTE NO on the proposed assessment plan.

The CTU will conduct three virtual Assessment Vote Trainings:

Please contact your field rep if you have any questions.


Graphic with photos of the 10 CPS educators nominated for a Golden Apple Award.

Congratulations to our Golden Apple Award finalists

Let’s take a moment to celebrate these CTU members being recognized as finalists for the Golden Apple Award for their exemplary service in the classroom. Thank you for your dedication to giving Chicago’s students the schools they deserve.


CPS BOE honors new and renewing National Board Certified Teachers

The CPS Board of Education honored our 46 new and 73 renewing National Board Certified teachers at today’s board meeting. CTU President Stacy Davis Gates introduced the honorees and touted the CTU/CPS partnership that nurtures educators seeking to earn our profession’s highest mark of achievement. President Davis Gates spoke about the NBCTs’ leadership and the fact that three of the honoree’s principals were in attendance, two of whom are NBCTs themselves. She also noted that our district is one of the top in the nation for number of NBCTs and discussed CTU’s hope to secure more funding to grow the program in our current contract talks.


TAKE ACTION: Black student success survey

The CPS Black Student Success Working Group wants to hear from you! Answering just a few questions can help influence recommendations for CPS’ Black Student Success Plan. Read more about the Black Student Success Plan and take the survey.


Graphic showcasing the wins of CTU Organizers Tara Stamps and Graciela Guzman CTU candidates in the March primary.

ICYMI: Primary election wins bring our vision one step closer

As election results continue to roll in, every CTU member should be extremely proud of what we accomplished for our students, schools and communities in this week’s primary election. Up and down the ballot, we showed that the power of people can beat the power of money. Read more.


ICYMI: TAKE ACTION, urge Rep. Croke to protect ALL CPS students and their schools

Unfounded right wing hysteria has convinced some parents and even some elected officials that selective enrollment schools are on the chopping block. Not true. However, out of paranoia, Rep. Margaret Croke filed a bill to protect those selective schools  — and only those schools — from budget cuts and school closures. We are asking Rep. Croke to amend her bill to protect ALL CPS schools. Read more and send a letter to Rep. Croke today.


Thanksgiving MOU/Flex Vote/June 7 update

The union has demanded that CPS allow schools that flexed June 10, such that principal directed time took place during other points in the school year, to have June 7 returned to a teacher-directed day. This means that no schools that flexed end up with more principal-directed time than those that did not. We are working with CPS to identify all schools in this situation and expect a response from CPS in the next two weeks.


Photo of Peirce Student Jayden Perkins who was killed at his home.

Sending love to the Peirce school family

Our hearts are grieving the loss of Peirce Elementary student Jayden Perkins, another in a too-long list of our students killed in a senseless act of violence. Our thoughts go out to our members, students, families and the entire Peirce school community. Please consider a donation to help the family in this difficult time.


Grow Your Own applications open

The Grow Your Own (GYO) teacher preparation program is dedicated to addressing the lack of racial diversity in our teaching force. Our PSRPs, teaching assistants, parent workers, tutors, and other members of school communities are encouraged to apply by May 1. You know your school community. Please encourage engaged parents, PSRPs and other community members you know to apply. Learn more and apply today.


Features

Photo of CTU Staff Attorney Latoyia Kimbrough.

Latoyia Kimbrough, surviving the CPS bargaining table and beyond

CTU Staff Attorney Latoyia Kimbrough has lived through — though “survived” might be more accurate — two CTU contract negotiations, which she described as tense affairs. Now, with a union brother and educator as mayor, she is hoping for a more collaborative process. In fact, she remembers door-knocking with Mayor Brandon Johnson when he was a CTU organizer. Read more about Latoyia.


Notices

Delegates not present

As directed by our constitution, here is a list of the delegates not present at the March 6 House of Delegates meeting.


Administrative transfer window opens March 24

Teachers may transfer schools without the consent of their current principal providing that the Talent Office receives the administrative transfer request signed by the receiving principal between 75 and 30 calendar days before the end of the second semester. This spring, the dates are March 24 to May 8. The actual move to your new school will take place in August on the first day teachers return. Get important details here.


Save the date: Apply for the Summer Organizing Institute by April 1

We’re now taking applications for our 2024 Summer Organizing Institute, now in its 14th year! As an intern with us this summer, you’ll take a leading role in our fight for member rights and educational justice. To apply by April 1, email April Robinson-Baker at organizing@ctulocal1.org.


First time working with newcomers? New to ESL? Longtime teacher of ELs needing support?

Join us April 6 as we create space so you can finish the year strong and gain knowledge and resources for next school year. CPDUs will be available for participants. RSVP today.


April 24: NBCT Information Session

Recruitment is underway for the 2024–2026 Nurturing Teacher Leadership National Board Certification cohort. CTUF will host a virtual information meeting on Wed., April 24, 5 to 8:30 p.m. There is now an $8,000 state stipend for NBCTs who remain in hard-to-staff schools for at least two years (in addition to our CPS annual, pensionable stipend, opportunity to move to Lane 5 on the Salary Scale, optional master’s degree, and paid leadership opportunities). For more information, contact LynnCherkasky-Davis@ctuf.org or register for the NTL information session here.


Members Corner

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 (one to four sentences) to communications@ctulocal1.org for consideration in an upcoming Members Corner.


Collaboration Corner

We know schools work best when administration and staff collaborate to meet the needs of students. But we know that doesn’t always happen. Does your principal demonstrate collaboration and good instructional leadership on important issues? Send your stories to communications@ctulocal.org.


Events


In the News

CTUF Quest Center

Motivation Matters
Games and Learning

Teaching Climate Justice
Learning to Spin

National Board Certification Recruitment Meeting