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Legislative Update for Spring Session 2021

Legislative Update for Spring Session 2021

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.

Restore Our Bargaining Rights

Restore Our Bargaining Rights

HB 2275 will restore bargaining rights to CTU and all other CPS unions that were eliminated by the 1995 amendatory act. Both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly have passed it. IL House Speaker Welch needs to send the bill now to Governor Pritzker so he can sign it. Write them both and your state representative to urge action as soon as possible on this bill which can impact the safe reopening agreement under negotiation now between CTU and CPS.

Tell the IL Senate to pass HB 2267 for an Elected Representative School Board in Chicago

Chicago is an outlier in Illinois as a major district whose school board is not directly elected by the people whose welfare it is meant to serve. HB 2267, which has passed the House and currently awaits recognition and vote in the Senate, would fix that situation and finally bring an important measure of democracy to Chicago Public Schools.

Support the HEROES Act

Support the HEROES Act

It’s clear both from the COVID-19 pandemic and from the tragic police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and too many others that too many of our students face hardship as a course of their daily lives. We need 2 minutes of your time to help lessen that hardship.

COVID-19 Session Legislative Priorities

The Illinois State Legislature is meeting this week in a brief session to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including what school reopening may look like, as well as consider a state budget that covers next school year. Please email your state rep and state senator...