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Parents, neighborhood residents, educators mobilize against Mayor’s dangerous reopening plan

Over 50 Chicago neighborhoods at double digit positivity as educators report serious safety failures at schools and Black and Brown parents continue to reject in-person learning. 6:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 11: Davis Elementary press conference with teachers, parents in...

Indoor air quality experts challenge CPS refusal to test ventilation systems for ability to prevent virus, amid calls for enforceable safety standards

As CPS pressures parents to return their children to schools in less than a month, students and parents join experts, educators in call for safety, equity and trust in reopening plans. 7:00 a.m. Wed., 12/16: Press Conference — Via Zoom. Reporters, please contact...

Parents to CPS: Improve remote learning until virus under control

Polling memo shows overwhelming concern about reopening, as evidence grows of school transmissions in Illinois and across nation. Click this link to watch today’s CTU/SEIU press conference. CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2020—Chicago voters remain deeply concerned about the...
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...