By CTU Communications | June 9, 2023 | News
File under: Chicago Public Schools, ODLSS: Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services, Special Education
Just a week after our House of Delegates detailed the flagrant failings of the CPS Chief of Special Education, we learned today that new leadership is on the way at the Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Service (ODLSS). This is good news but a change at the top of ODLSS alone, without a change in the culture of the department and the policies of the district, will be another failure for our students
By Nathan Goldbaum | May 31, 2023 | News, Press Release
File under: Special Education, Stephanie Jones
Union House of Delegates issues no confidence vote in Stephanie Jones–CPS’ Chief of the Office of Diverse Learners Supports and Services –after revelations of continued illegal use of physical restraints on students with disabilities
By CTU Communications | October 3, 2022 | News, Press Release 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...
File under: budget cuts, City Budget, Lori Lightfoot, Special Education
By Linda Perales, Organizer | August 30, 2022 | News
File under: contractual rights, IEP: Individualized Education Plan, Special Education
If you have interpreted or will interpret for IEP meetings you are eligible for a $500 stipend. Get guidance on this 2019 contract win here.
By Phoebe Rusch | August 2, 2022 | News
File under: Austin College and Career Academy, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Special Education
Brilliance comes in many forms, but our current system defunds educational access for special education students students of color, deflating their dreams to our collective detriment.
By CTU Speaks! | May 26, 2021 | Uncategorized
File under: ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act, ASL: American Sign Language, Special Education
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.
By CTU Communications | May 17, 2021 | News, Press Release Quality of life agenda, national campaign will push for educational justice as Black and Brown students and families continue to bear disproportionate burden of COVID harms. CHICAGO, May 17, 2021 — A coalition of grassroots groups and unions fighting for education...
File under: 504 plan, IDEA, Special Education
By House of Delegates | April 7, 2021 | News, Resolutions
File under: Clinicians, Collective Bargaining, Itinerant Teachers, pre-k, school reopening, Special Education
This resolution was passed by the House of Delegates at its April 7, 2021 monthly meeting.
By Richard Berg, Organizer | October 9, 2020 | Uncategorized
File under: Acero, Charter, Special Education
In this extraordinary time, the Acero network has made a choice to dramatically cut Special Education jobs. Sign the petition to demand Acero reverse their cruel cuts.
By CTU Communications | October 5, 2020 | News, Press Release Rolling back supports for special education students represents a betrayal of charter operator’s commitment to improve special ed services in wake of historic 2018 strike. 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 6: Press conference, Acero parents and special education...
File under: Acero, ACTS, CTU, Special Education, UNO