The CTU would like to extend gratitude to CPS families, members of the Grassroots Education Movement, lawmakers in Springfield, Speaker Welch, Senate President Don Harmon, State Senator Robert Martwick and State Representative Ann Williams, and Mayor Brandon Johnson for their commitment to expanding democracy for Chicago Public Schools.
What was voted on today follows the same compromise framework as the bill passed in 2021 in response to decades of community organizing. It comes just a few weeks ahead of March 26th, when grassroots candidates can finally begin circulating petitions to get on the November ballot. With the passage of this bill, we are one step closer to communities having a voice at CPS — and closer to every student in Chicago getting the schools they deserve.
We urge the governor to sign the bill into law as soon as possible and to work with our allies across the city to continue to expand democracy into our schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces.