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Charter headlines for the week of May 31, 2021

Members at Urban Prep voted unanimously to strike unless management comes to the table with a more reasonable offer. CTU pressure pushed ASPIRA to retract non-renewal notices for Union members. Epic Academy terminated four of the most active CTU members on the bargaining team, prompting members to prepare to strike. Youth Connections Leadership Academy has reversed course on closing the school. CTU pushed the General Assembly to close a loophole that allowed ChiArts and other contract schools to skip contributions to the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund.

Charter school headlines for the week of Oct. 26

Charter school headlines for the week of Oct. 26

CTU leaders from Acero are fighting layoffs. The CTU New Organizing Committee and the Union’s Charter Division are both taking big steps. Meanwhile, Epic Academy and Namaste Charter School have each made important new agreements with the Union.

Latino Youth HS settles, strike continues at charter operator Instituto’s schools

Latino Youth HS settles, strike continues at charter operator Instituto’s schools

Latino Youth strikers win sanctuary protections, mental health support, restorative justice, culturally appropriate curricula for low-income, Latinx high school students, as strike at Instituto schools continues.

Latino Youth HS settles, strike continues at charter operator Instituto’s schools

7A/1P TODAY: Friday actions to push management on financial shell games and demand fair contracts at three striking charter schools

7AM TODAY, May 3: Press conference/picket lines IHSCA, 2520 S. Western Ave., Chicago. (Picket lines at all three striking schools: IHSCA, IJLA, LYHS) 1PM TODAY, May 3: Rally and March IHSCA, 2520 S. Western Ave. Strikers will march to Instituto CEO’s office at...
CTU stands with CSO strikers as Mabie and fellow board members wage war on pensions for musicians and teachers

CTU stands with CSO strikers as Mabie and fellow board members wage war on pensions for musicians and teachers

Wealthy CSO board treasurer James Mabie co-founded ChiArts high school—and both outfits refuse to fund workers’ pensions. CHICAGO—Finance executives have salivated for decades at the prospect of getting their hands on workers’ retirement nest eggs and the...
Protest, 4:30P Monday, 3/11: ChiArts management locks public out of board meeting as contract talks drag

Protest, 4:30P Monday, 3/11: ChiArts management locks public out of board meeting as contract talks drag

Press conference: 4:30PM Monday, March 11 ChiArts High School, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago Teachers to rally to demand fair contract as CTU members mull strike at ChiArts, what would be first strike of a publicly funded contract school in U.S. history....

The Chicago High School for the Arts teachers vote to unionize

CHICAGO—Today, academic teachers and paraprofessionals from The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) voted to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, the charter school local that has recently merged with the Chicago Teachers Union. Educators...