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2019 General Session Legislative Agenda

In the Illinois General Assembly (ILGA) this calendar year, CTU has worked with friendly elected officials to introduce a number of bills. The proposed legislation aims to improve the governance, funding, working conditions, and operations of the Chicago Public...

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...

Mayoral ally moves to privatize substitute teachers

CHICAGO, April 26, 2018: The Illinois Senate, under the leadership of Chicago mayoral ally John Cullerton, has fast-tracked a bill privatizing substitute teacher staffing, SB2838. An identical bill, HB4742, passed out of a House education committee on Wednesday. The...

Parents, teachers blast Emanuel on school cleanliness crisis

CHICAGO, April 13, 2018:  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel claims he’s addressing a crisis in school cleanliness. Teachers, parents and neighborhood residents say his ‘solutions’ fall far short of needs – and took their concerns public again Friday morning at Kenwood High...

State bill allowing CTU to bargain over filthy schools and overcrowded classes one step closer to passage

On Tuesday, a key legislative committee passed a bill that would once again give CTU members the right to bargain over non-salary conditions, from crowded classes to filthy schools. CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey joined public school allies to testify Tuesday in...

Today’s critical struggles are embedded in Dr. King’s vision of racial and economic justice

I write on a somber occasion – to both mark the loss of and to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifty years ago today, an assassin’s bullet cut down one of our nation’s most beloved civil rights leaders. Yet Dr. King’s impact – and his values...