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Charter school headlines for week of Nov. 16, 2020

The CTU New Organizing Committee met with charter school educators interested in unionizing. CTU members at Aspira are strategizing how to deal with colocation efforts. Acero Sped and ELL educators participated in a Know Your Rights training and are beginning to reach out to parents. Negotiations on our first contract with Epic are expected to begin after Thanksgiving

Charter headlines for the week of Nov. 9

Namaste is the latest charter school to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. After months of negotiations, and a request for a mediator, we are seeing progress in CICS-Civitas talks. Instituto Health and Science Career Academy is hiring a psychologist to comply with the CTU contract. Three laid off special education apprentices have been recalled at Acero, after members organized against the layoffs.

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.

Charter operator moves to unilaterally close ChicagoQuest HS, with no input from families or staff

Charter operator moves to unilaterally close ChicagoQuest HS, with no input from families or staff

Chicago International Charter School board continues to balk at providing a portion of $35 million in public education dollars to support long under-resourced school serving Black and Brown families 3:45 p.m., Tues., Sept. 15: Press availability, CICS educators Via...
CTU frontline educators battle deep staffing cuts at CICS charter schools

CTU frontline educators battle deep staffing cuts at CICS charter schools

1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23: Press availability via Zoom. CICS management continues to hoard $35 million in public education funds, while proposing layoffs that will undercut students’ educations, derail ability to support special needs students. CHICAGO—CTU...
Charter operator defies safety, demands in-person election during pandemic

Charter operator defies safety, demands in-person election during pandemic

EPIC management’s dangerous demand for in-person elections at school whose community is ravaged by COVID-19 cases mirrors other charter operators’ misdeeds. CHICAGO, April 22, 2020—Workers at EPIC charter school have been organizing to unionize for months. An...
CTU suspends CICS strike, winning CPS pay schedules, class size reductions, and guarantees on social workers and counselors

CTU suspends CICS strike, winning CPS pay schedules, class size reductions, and guarantees on social workers and counselors

4PM Tuesday, 2/19: CICS quarterly public board meeting 11 E. Adams St., Chicago. AFT President Randi Weingarten, CTU, allies to attend. Parents, educators plan to join AFT president Randi Weingarten Tuesday to demand reforms at CICS quarterly board meeting, as elected...