Welcome back to another school year, and congratulations on a great first day. As we begin to settle in for another year, we have all been gripped by the impacts of the Extreme Heat Watch issued by the National Weather Service. For some of us, extreme heat has resulted in limited outdoor times for our students, and for others the extreme heat in our classrooms and hallways have exposed the vulnerability of our school buildings, many of which were built decades ago without air conditioning or accommodations for a warming plant.
Chicago Teachers Union President Continues Back-To-School Tour with Visit to George Washington High School
As the city grapples with an Extreme Heat Watch, CTU President Stacy Davis Gates will visit with educators at Washington High School and uplift the solutions to aging public-school facilities.
Join educators around the country in taking action during the week of Earth Day, which falls on Saturday, April 22, to demand green, healthy schools and a sustainable future for all our communities. These activities are part of a national educator week of action to highlight environmental justice issues.
CPS school buildings need a lot of work — $2 billion in upgrades by the district’s own assessment — for the sake of our students and our environment and piecemeal repairs are not enough. With the help of CTU’s Climate Justice Committee, the union has launched a new citywide campaign to fight for clean, green, and fully resourced schools.