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We need recovery now, not more budget cuts!

Mayor Lightfoot wants to cut tens of millions of dollars from our schools, while at the same time, is sitting on hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent federal recovery funds. On Friday, May 13, we sent the mayor and her Chicago Public Schools team a clear...

COVID spiking again – and we still have safety rights

A message to rank and file members from CTU Chief of Staff Jen Johnson with safety links and toolkits as COVID surges again in Chicago: These last two years have been exhausting, but as good as it’s felt to see some glimpses of “normal” return to our lives, COVID-19...

FAQ: Paid COVID Administrative Leave

HB 1167, the bill to create paid COVID administrative leave for educators, became law with Governor JB Pritzker’s signature on April 5, 2022. This ‘frequently asked questions’ document is designed to help determine who is eligible, for what reasons, and how to benefit...

Making up lost instructional days

Dear CTU family: As you may know, we’ve been pressing CPS for months about their promised – but not yet delivered – opportunity to make up for lost instructional days during the mayor’s January lockout. The board of education did not add extra days to the calendar,...

Save Our Technology Coordinators!

Our technology coordinators are under attack, when our students and schools need them now more than ever. Tell CEO Martinez and Board President del Valle to protect our tech cos and ensure that every school has a technology coordinator.

90% cut in lapsed educator license fee, 20% cut in PD requirement for renewal cycle

CTU Legislative and Policy Director Kurt Hilgendorf sent this legislative update to rank and file CTU members on Thursday, April 7, 2022. As you may know, the legislative session is set to end in Springfield on Friday, and we continue to move our bills through the...

School budgets must support the right to recovery

CPS is proposing more than 200 schools receive budget cuts for the 2022 school year of more than $42 million, at a time when the district is sitting on billions in federal stimulus money. That’s just half a percentage point of the annual operating budget, or just 1.5 percent of the total $2.6 billion plus in federal COVID relief CPS has received since 2020. 

A world in crisis: teaching about Ukraine

A world in crisis: teaching about Ukraine

Jackson Potter recently asked students in his Global Politics classes to respond to a new Freedom House study that found just one in five people now live in countries designated as “free.” The context of the students’ responses were firmly embedded in their concerns around Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is unfolding before their eyes on television and social media.

PSRP Corner: On the front lines in our school communities

The Internet and the news are awash with stories of how young people are dealing with the stress and anxiety of the pandemic. Educators are reporting more discipline problems, students acting out and even engaging in self harm. And the PSRPs in our school are on the frontlines dealing with these crises.