School closed tomorrow

The Chicago Teachers Union advocated for keeping students and families safe during a stretch of brutally cold weather. Moving forward, we will ensure that Chicago Public Schools works closely with us to prepare for other extreme climate emergencies.

Today’s snowstorm

Decades of divestment and privatization means Chicago Public Schools is not prepared for climate disaster. We see the impact of this not just during snowstorms, but in our schools’ aging facilities and outdated HVAC systems, many of which are twice as old as the national average.

To serve our students with disabilities, culture shift needed at ODLSS

Just a week after our House of Delegates detailed the flagrant failings of the CPS Chief of Special Education, we learned today that new leadership is on the way at the Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Service (ODLSS). This is good news but a change at the top of ODLSS alone, without a change in the culture of the department and the policies of the district, will be another failure for our students

Locked out educators to teach from CPS board president’s lawn, joined by rank and file still teaching remotely

Lockout has disrupted education for thousands of Black and Brown students, as educators continue to document safety failures and COVID cases at their schools. 7A TODAY, Wednesday, 1/13: Press conference/teach-out, with locked out teachers, in front of CPS board of...

6:30A Monday: Educators join parents in rejecting in-person learning until buildings are safe, pandemic is under control

Black and Brown parents join CTU members in rejecting in-person learning, as CPS continues to reject accommodations for workers — including CTU member with brain tumor — and schools remain largest single source of COVID exposure in state. 6:30 a.m. Mon., Jan. 4 —...

CTU to go to trial on CPS’ refusal to bargain over reopening, as union pushes for trial date next week

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2020—Today the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), on a split 2-1 vote, denied the Union’s request to seek a preliminary injunction against CPS’ unilaterally developed plan to resume in-person learning on Jan. 4. The two-member...

5P Thurs.: Candlelight vigil will honor CTU members, school community members taken by COVID

Schools are largest source of COVID exposure in state, with numbers in suburban Cook close to 20% of cases, even as Lightfoot and CPS insist on reopening schools in less than three weeks. 5:00 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 17 — Candlelight vigil: Cather Elementary School, 2908 W....
CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

Mayor and CPS finally relent to releasing ventilation data, but fail to test HVAC systems properly or allow independent verification as parents and educators call for more transparency and involvement in safety discussions. CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2020—Despite announcing an...