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Was this really a lost year? 

Was this really a lost year? 

Testing companies, along with education administrators and politicians who have drunk the testing Kool-Aid, can’t stop talking about the “learning loss” of students this past year. CTU Education Policy Analyst Carol Caref deconstructs the madness.

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...
We know what real support for educators looks like. And Trump isn’t it.

We know what real support for educators looks like. And Trump isn’t it.

VP Biden stands on a debate stage and calls for more funding for our schools, better ventilated buildings, smaller class sizes and increased educator staffing. Trump stands on stage at superspreader events and calls for schools to reopen amidst a surge in positive COVID-19 cases, and a U.S. death toll nearing 250,000.

CPS indifference to real equity undercuts student enrollment, presents challenges for November return

CPS indifference to real equity undercuts student enrollment, presents challenges for November return

Pre-K drop driven by a number of factors, including a confusing registration process, district refusal to collaborate with educators and parents and mayor’s failure to provide devices for Pre-K students. CHICAGO, Oct. 16, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union Vice...
To grow educators of color, CPS must eradicate the policies that threaten them

To grow educators of color, CPS must eradicate the policies that threaten them

Increasing diversity is just one step. CPS needs to care for, respect and nurture the Black and Brown teachers we already have. CHICAGO, Oct. 13, 2020—Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates issued the following statement today regarding Chicago Public...

CTU argues in landmark civil rights case that CPS practiced systemic racism in layoffs

Union argues that 2011 layoffs targeted Black educators in segregated schools even as district policies continue to decimate ranks of Black teachers and support staff. CHICAGO, September 16, 2020—For almost ten years, the CTU has been battling CPS in federal court on...
CTU on CPS reopening framework: We should open with remote learning in the fall

CTU on CPS reopening framework: We should open with remote learning in the fall

Mayor’s ‘budget-neutral’ plan for desperately under-resourced school communities fails to provide adequate safety protections as deadly pandemic spreads. CHICAGO, July 17—The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in response to...
Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

Bargaining update and Sunday prayer service for CTU members

The CTU’s proposed structure is designed to phase in real equity for students who are routinely denied access to school nurses, social workers, other desperately needed staff. Livestream of today’s CTU announcement is at this link. CHICAGO, Oct. 12,...