Today Illinois lawmakers made history by being the first state in the nation to eliminate a school voucher program, a “reform” effort started in 1956 by white parents in North Carolina seeking to stop public school integration.
Chicago Teachers Union raises concerns about Senate President’s last minute changes to elected school board bill.
Topics this week include: End Illinois vouchers, UAW Stand Up, HS extra prep win, Vaughn High School, join a committee and more!
We must demand that the “Invest in Kids” voucher program be closed down as quickly as possible. Invest in Kids, under the guise of providing scholarships for private schools, is effectively diverting public funds away from our already underfunded public schools.
Decades of oppositional mayors, city councils and legislatures have undermined public education and public services and have stood in the way of efforts to win the schools Chicago’s students deserve. The CTU PAC powers our efforts to sweep those political obstacles out of the way.
The power of our collective advocacy and dedication helped CTU secure important gains during the state legislature’s spring session and Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed three bills that will improve the teaching and learning conditions in our schools.
What a week! This week, mainstream media gave equal attention to a billionaire and millionaire endorsement of Paul Vallas (Ken Griffin and Willie Wilson) as the endorsement of our own Brandon Johnson by 45,000 workers from SEIU local 1.
The Illinois House passed two bills this week of key importance to CTU members: HB 1167: COVID Administrative Days and HB 5285: Too Young to Test.
Up until now, Chicago Public Schools has never had an elected school board in its entire history. All that will change as HB 2809 — passed in the Illinois General Assembly’s 2021 spring session — goes into effect. It’s been a long time coming.
The Illinois General Assembly has started its spring legislative session, and CTU is there advocating for what our schools need. Our goal is to build on our recent victories and to pass legislation that makes concrete improvements in school governance and oversight and that allows us to be more effective in our work.