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CPS indifference to real equity undercuts student enrollment, presents challenges for November return

CPS indifference to real equity undercuts student enrollment, presents challenges for November return

Pre-K drop driven by a number of factors, including a confusing registration process, district refusal to collaborate with educators and parents and mayor’s failure to provide devices for Pre-K students. CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union Vice...
AFT president: We need Fair Tax, safe learning during COVID, new leadership in DC

AFT president: We need Fair Tax, safe learning during COVID, new leadership in DC

CTU support for Fair Tax part of broad effort to bring equitable funding, policies to public education sphere as pandemic rages locally—and Mayor’s hand-picked board of ed refuses to follow binding arbitration decision on remote working during COVID spike. 10:00...
Mayor’s plan to resume November in-school learning is dangerous

Mayor, CPS try to strongarm clerks into false choice between safety and livelihood

Lightfoot’s handpicked district leaders ignore arbitrator’s legally binding ruling and threaten jobs of workers who exercise right to work safely by working remotely. CHICAGO, Oct. 7, 2020—CPS has threatened to discipline workers who exercise their right...

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in layoffs

Union argues that 2011 layoffs targeted Black educators in segregated schools even as district policies continue to decimate ranks of Black teachers and support staff. CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—For almost ten years, the CTU has been battling CPS in federal court on...
Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

Trial tackles CTU effort to bar CPS from forcing school clerks back into buildings under unsafe conditions

CPS admits COVID cases among CPS workers have tripled since May, with hundreds of school workers contracting COVID-19—and at least eight now dead—despite working in lightly populated buildings with very limited staff.   CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—The Chicago Teachers...
CTU, Fox32/My50 partner to put teachers on television to support families during remote learning

CTU, Fox32/My50 partner to put teachers on television to support families during remote learning

#WeStillTeach TV returns on September 19, connecting Chicago’s dynamic teaching force with families learning together at home. CHICAGO, September 10, 2020—The Chicago Teachers Union continues its partnership with Fox32/My50 to broadcast teacher-led educational...
CTU prepares for Wed. hearing on CPS labor violations, as CTU teachers start school year with hopes, concerns

CTU prepares for Wed. hearing on CPS labor violations, as CTU teachers start school year with hopes, concerns

Teachers pull back curtain on remote classrooms, as CTU plans for Labor Board hearing on refusal of Mayor’s school board to bargain on strategies to safeguard workers. 10:00 a.m., Wed., Sept. 9: Hearing, IL Educational Labor Relations Board Via Webex: link here....
Clerks need COVID safety protocols before returning to buildings

Clerks need COVID safety protocols before returning to buildings

CPS officials admit they have no full safety plan in place, nor is CPS ready to train workers on proper safety protocols, despite their demand that school clerks return to in-person work in school buildings today. After months of pressure from the Chicago Teachers...