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Election Season: Lightfoot balancing City budget on backs of Chicago public school students, families

Mayor extracts $200 million this year alone from CPS to cover Lightfoot budget hole, while school communities across city saw budgets slashed for a third year under Lightfoot.   CHICAGO, October 3, 2022 —  The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement in...
Episode 35: Barriers Facing Deaf Students at CPS

Episode 35: Barriers Facing Deaf Students at CPS

In this episode of CTU Speaks!, Andrea and Jim talk with Kelsey Cavanaugh, an American Sign Language interpreter for CPS, and Christa Valencia, a middle-school teacher of the deaf. They discuss the many hurdles that deaf students confront at CPS — from getting placed in a school in the first place to the inequities they experience once they get there. They also talk about some potential solutions to these problems going forward.

Excessive Paperwork Arbitration Win for Washington HS Special Educators

Excessive Paperwork Arbitration Win for Washington HS Special Educators

The Union received a favorable decision in the arbitration of a grievance concerning excessive paperwork for special education teachers. The grievance, which arose at Washington High School, concerned additional paperwork requirements that CPS began to impose on special education teachers in 2016 as part of former CPS CEO Forrest Claypool’s scheme to deny students special education services.