News and Notes
Solidarity with our union siblings on strike at Columbia College
On Monday, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates joined the Columbia College Faculty Union for a rally on the first day of their strike — because an injury to one is an injury to us all. Professors are striking for a fair contract and better conditions for students, something CTU members understand all too well.
ASPIRA members rally for fair contract now
Members at ASPIRA charter network are fighting for a fair contract, including improved ELL and bilingual services, fair compensation to retain educators, smaller class sizes and guaranteed social workers for our students. Watch video of their inspiring rally.
Kick Off Our Contract Campaign at the
Saturday, November 18, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This is the year we turn power into progress. Shape this year’s contract campaign, as we leverage our members’ knowledge and the power we have achieved together to transform our district. Share your ideas to win a new contract and learn the skills we need to enforce both the transformative language we have already won and that of the contract to come. This event is open to all CTU members. Mark your calendar now.
State Report Card demonstrates need for continued investment in people and programs to support CPS students across the district
The dueling pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice and inequity have made school extremely hard for a generation of students and their educators. Students and educators have worked tirelessly to create learning environments that support the whole child, but these efforts require additional investments. Read more.
Nov. 2: United Working Families general membership meeting
Join United Working Families to vote on the direction of the party and its leadership through our delegate elections. In person at CTU Nov. 2. RSVP today.
Nov. 2: LSCs 4 All — Unpacking the New Principal Evaluation Rubric
Evaluating your principal is one of LSCs most important responsibilities. Learn about the new principal evaluation rubric at the November LSCs 4 All gathering, Nov. 2, 5:30 – 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register today.
Nov. 3: National Alliance Against Political Repression 50th Anniversary Conference
Nov. 6 – 14: CPS Budget Community Roundtables
CPS says it is hosting public meetings inform the community gather feedback that will inform the district’s Five-year Strategic Plan. Meetings are being held Nov.1 at Julian High School, Nov. 6 at Sullivan High School, Nov. 9 at Clemente High School, Nov. 11 at Tilden High School, Nov. 14 at Harlan High School and Nov. 16 virtually. Find more details and RSVP.
Endorsed CTPF Trustee Candidates
The Chicago Teachers Pension Fund has emailed electronic ballots for their active trustee election and mailed ballots for its pensioner trustee ballots. At its Sept. 27 meeting, the CTU House of Delegates voted to endorse the following members in the 2023 Chicago Teachers Pension Fund election. Click the image below to download the information card:
Resources to help you support and meet the needs of newcomers to our city and CPS
We know CTU members have been on the frontlines 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.
Giving students the world
During her 27 years as an educator, Lorca Elementary School teacher Jill Kehoe has developed a passion for travel — and the unique opportunity to share her adventures and what knowledge of the world with her students. Read more about Jill’s adventures.
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 email@example.com for consideration in an upcoming Members Corner.
- Nov. 2 | UWF General Membership Meeting, 5 – 9 p.m., CTU Center, 1901 W. Carroll
- Nov. 2 | LSCs 4 All: LSC Empowerment — Unpacking the New Principal Evaluation Rubric
- Nov. 3 | National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression 50th Anniversary Conference
- Nov. 3
- Nov. 11 | Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair
- Nov. 18 | School leaders and delegates training
In the News
- After 47 years, longest-serving Latina in CPS has no plans to retire | Sun-Times
- Taft High School’s Student Paper Is Back In Print And Uplifting The School Community | Chalkbeat
- Chicago, New York City Among First To Win New Federal Dollars For School Desegregation | Block Club
- Chicago Public Schools officials project $391 million deficit next year when COVID-19 relief funds run out | Sun-Times
- Lawmakers Push for Compensation for Chicago’s Elected School Board | WTTW