Decades of divestment and privatization means Chicago Public Schools is not prepared for climate disaster. We see the impact of this not just during snowstorms, but in our schools’ aging facilities and outdated HVAC systems, many of which are twice as old as the national average.
Our students rely on our school communities (and the work of our members) for food and shelter, particularly the 20K students experiencing homelessness in our district.
Today we’re working nonstop to support our members, restore power in freezing buildings, and challenge leaders who believe they are allowed to keep buildings open without power in the middle of a blizzard. This snowstorm has made it clear there’s more to do when it comes to Chicago Public Schools building the muscle of partnering with the Chicago Teachers Union.