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CTU, charter operator agree to use State COVID metrics — and keep Passages students learning remotely as virus surges

CPS has consistently rejected CTU requests for those metrics standards for District-run schools, as Lightfoot refuses to waver from school reopenings and pandemic surges again in Black and Brown Chicago neighborhoods. CHICAGO, Jan. 10, 2021—Passages Charter School...

How to respond to Telework denials, health screener affidavits, and more: a FAQ for CTU members

In an attempt to intimidate educators out of exercising their rights, CPS management has sent new communications changing policies and denying legitimate requests. Below you will find guidance on responding to some of the most common situations that members are experiencing as the mayor recklessly pushes forward with a plan rejected by the vast majority of educators, parents, and principals.

Tues. 6:30A: Principals and teachers ring alarm about serious safety dangers for in-person learning

Over 50 Chicago neighborhoods at double digit positivity as educators report unclean buildings, and Black and Brown parents continue to reject in-person learning for their children. 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5 — Press conference, Chicago Principals & Administrators...
California dreaming

California dreaming

CPS has refused to bargain with the CTU over remote learning or return to in-person school, but educators in Los Angeles have been properly engaged by their school management. Maybe it’s because Los Angeles has an elected school board. Or, maybe, officials there realize you cannot run a school system without the workers.

Parents to CPS: Improve remote learning until virus under control

Polling memo shows overwhelming concern about reopening, as evidence grows of school transmissions in Illinois and across nation. Click this link to watch today’s CTU/SEIU press conference. CHICAGO, Nov. 9, 2020—Chicago voters remain deeply concerned about the...
Mayor Lightfoot and CPS: No compliance, no plan and no shame

Mayor Lightfoot and CPS: No compliance, no plan and no shame

CPS and the mayor have provided no detailed plan on how they intend to resume in-person instruction for the second quarter. CPS also has refused to commit to bargaining with our union over its decision on when and how to resume in-person instruction.

New CTU campaign calls for investments in remote learning, building safety

New CTU campaign calls for investments in remote learning, building safety

As parents, students and educators await Chicago Public Schools’ plans for the second quarter of the school year, the Chicago Teachers Union today launched the first in a series of digital advertisements focusing on the needs of the city’s school communities in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.