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NOW: Interviews, teach-out at Sandoval Elementary, as locked out teachers stand strong

No equity for Black and Brown students whose teachers have been locked out of remote teaching, as COVID surfaces in clusters at schools that include McClutchen, Hanson Park, Beard Specialty, serving pre-K and acute medical needs special education students. NOW:...

CTU to go to trial on CPS’ refusal to bargain over reopening, as union pushes for trial date next week

CHICAGO, Dec. 17, 2020—Today the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB), on a split 2-1 vote, denied the Union’s request to seek a preliminary injunction against CPS’ unilaterally developed plan to resume in-person learning on Jan. 4. The two-member...
CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

CPS acquires air filters, yet clerks’ entire families continue to contract COVID-19

Mayor and CPS finally relent to releasing ventilation data, but fail to test HVAC systems properly or allow independent verification as parents and educators call for more transparency and involvement in safety discussions. CHICAGO, Nov. 4, 2020—Despite announcing an...

Mayor mulls reopening schools as CPS broadband plan flounders and two schools report COVID cases

Mayor mulls reopening schools as CPS broadband plan flounders and two schools report COVID cases Some Black and Latinx neighborhoods are near 20 percent positivity rates, as these communities remain most at risk for infection and death. CHICAGO, September 30, 2020—CTU...
Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

Breonna Taylor and the fight for racial justice

It’s past time for politicians who promise real change, real equity and real hope to make good on those promises CHICAGO, September 23, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey issued the following statement today in response to news that the Kentucky...