Latest mayoral appointment underscores why we need elected, representative school board

Public school educators, parents and school communities remain locked out of district governance and oversight. CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement after news broke that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had...
CPS is failing to protect our students

CPS is failing to protect our students

Mayor’s school bosses have refused to take up CTU appeal to work with administration to ensure students are protected from sexual violence, as hundreds of complaints pour into new administrative office. CHICAGO, November 28, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President...

Message to Members About Van Dyke Verdict

First, I want to express my appreciation to you all for working so hard every day in a local and national political and social climate that has been dynamic and at times explosive. This leadership has aimed to do our work as a teachers union at the same time that we...

At last, a measure of justice for Laquan

CHICAGO, October 5, 2018—Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey released the following statement today in response to the verdict in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke. “Laquan McDonald was our student. He could have been a senior in a Chicago public high...

Mice, roach infestation and overall building neglect reaches critical point at Southwest Side elementary school

CHICAGO, April 27, 2018—Rodent infestation and general building neglect has reached a critical point at Morrill Math & Science Elementary School on the city’s Southwest Side, with teachers and school staff making a plea for assistance in what has become a daily...

State education board backs up charges that Emanuel’s hand-picked school bosses shortchanged special education

Bombshell findings back up charges by teachers, parents, grassroots activists that mayor’s school execs wrongly denied services to schoolchildren, undermined parents and educators seeking help for students. CHICAGO, April 18, 2018: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s...

Emanuel’s new bare-bones school budget fails to restore damaging cuts

“Mayor is again prioritizing paying bond holders who are laughing all the way to the banks they own – while continuing to harm our students by refusing to seek new revenue from those most able to pay,” say teachers. CHICAGO, April 17, 2018 – The new school...