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March 24, 2023
Statement on Arne Duncan’s Endorsement of Paul Vallas
CHICAGO — Former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, never had the juice to run for Mayor of this great city. Yet, he clearly thinks he can influence how voters in the city vote in the upcoming election. As Vallas’s former partner-in-crime in destabilizing New Orleans’ public schools — through policies, actions, words and deeds — today’s endorsement of Vallas by former Education Secretary Duncan should not be a surprise. Arne Duncan called Hurricane Katrina in 2005 “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans.”
Tags: Arne Duncan, New Orleans, Paul Vallas
March 22, 2023
SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Teachers Union Support Striking LAUSD Workers
The fight against unfair labor practices in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) began in earnest on Tuesday, March 21, with 30,000 school workers walking off the job. These workers, represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99, encompass the support staff across the entire school district. LAUSD’s continued disrespect, and their inability to care properly for the workers who make their mission possible, has also led to a solidarity strike by the 35,000 teachers represented by United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Teachers Union are therefore proud to share our message of solidarity with SEIU Local 99 and UTLA.
Tags: LAUSD: Los Angeles Unified School District, SEIU 99: Service Employees International Union Local 99, UTLA: United Teachers Los Angeles
March 21, 2023
Chicago Educators and Community Members Push the Board of Education to Make Major Investments in Green School Infrastructure
9:00 am, Wednesday, March 22 press conference will outline the importance of Chicago Public Schools developing a Facilities Master Plan centered around the voices of parents, students, educators and the community at CPS headquarters.
Tags: Facilities, Green schools
March 9, 2023
7:00 pm 3/9: Vallas As Mayor of Chicago Would Put City Classrooms, Public School Students and Vulnerable Communities in Jeopardy
7:00 pm, Thursday, March 9: Press conference outlining the threat that Paul Vallas poses to Chicago’s neighborhood public schools and unionized charter schools.
March 8, 2023
Statement on Willie Wilson and Ken Griffin Endorsement of Paul Vallas
Willie Wilson and Ken Griffin know exactly what they’re getting when they back Paul Vallas, another Republican who will side always with millionaires and billionaires over Chicago’s working families.
Tags: Brandon Johnson, Ken Griffin, Paul Vallas, Willie Wilson
March 3, 2023
Statement on Gery Chico’s Endorsement of Paul Vallas
The Vallas-Chico duo is bad for working families, bad for classrooms and will be dismal for Chicago.
Tags: Gery Chico, Paul Vallas
February 28, 2023
Historic labor and community movement propels educator, organizer, and CTU member Brandon Johnson into April runoff for mayor
Thanks to an unprecedented, historic multi-generational, multi-ethnic working-class coalition demanding transformative change in Chicago, educator, CTU member, and public school parent Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson will advance to the April 4 runoff, continuing to spread his bold vision for a Better Chicago and grow his people-powered winning coalition.
Tags: Brandon Johnson
February 21, 2023
8:30 am 2/22: Lightfoot, CPS and Charter Leaders Ignoring the Need of Migrant Students Placed in Chicago’s Public and Charter Schools
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22: Press conference to demand great attention be paid by CPS, City Hall, and Charter operators to the classroom resources and wraparound services necessary to meet the needs of newly placed migrants in Chicago.
Tags: Bilingual Education, Greg Abbott, immigrant students, Ron DeSantis
February 15, 2023
Chicago Teacher Union on Governor JB Pritzker’s Budget Address
CTU commends Gov. Pritzker for boosting early childhood education funding but urges the state to do more.
Tags: educational funding, JB Pritzker
February 7, 2023
The Chicago Teacher Union Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Karen Lewis
“Two years ago today, students and families of this city lost a champion; educators lost a fierce leader, and the labor movement lost a friend and a true trade unionist…
Tags: Karen GJ Lewis
January 19, 2023
CTU stands with striking educators at the University of Illinois-Chicago
CHICAGO, Jan. 19, 2023 — UIC United Faculty’s strike is in its third day — and the Chicago Teachers Union is proud to continue to stand in solidarity with our fellow trade unionists who were forced onto the picket lines this week. As educators in Chicago Public Schools, we see a great many of our […]
January 15, 2023
AFT president to join CTU, allies in demanding that Lightfoot extend improved parental leave to CPS educators, support staff
Randi Weingarten, who heads up union of 1.7 million teachers and support staff, to join educators, allies to demand CPS parental leave that mirrors what mayor offered to City workers – but has now been indefinitely delayed for educators, support staff.
Tags: Lori Lightfoot, Parental Leave
January 13, 2023
CTU, SEIU, community allies to join Brandon Johnson in honoring MLK — and to advance Dr. King’s call for economic and social justice
CTU members will join fellow trade unionists, mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson and progressive champions from across the city at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 16 to celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. After the rally, which is being held at CTU headquarters at 1901 W. Carroll, participants will fan out for door-to-door canvasing, phone banking and more for progressive candidates — including Brandon — seeking election to City Hall in the February 28 election.
December 17, 2022
7A Mon., 12/19: Lightfoot ignores dangerous lead issues at South Side school while she drags on replacing lead water lines
While Mayor Lightfoot continues to drag on replacing dangerous lead water pipes for hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans, educators at a South Side school that serves a large number of special education students are scrambling to force Lightfoot’s CPS team to address serious lead paint risks in their school facility.
November 10, 2022
Husband of late CTU President Karen Lewis on her legacy and the race for mayor of Chicago
John “Coach” Lewis, husband of late CTU President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis, issued the following statement today in response to references to President Lewis by candidates for mayor of Chicago and their supporters.
Tags: Karen GJ Lewis, Karen Lewis
November 9, 2022
CTU candidates sweep elections, build momentum for Brandon Johnson’s run for mayor
Union sees 34 out of 34 victories for the night, with rank and file members pushing hard for signatures for Brandon Johnson, as voters embrace CTU values and platform on election day.
Tags: Brandon Johnson, General election
November 4, 2022
Lightfoot’s CPS team must remove Jones HS principal, take immediate steps to address racially hostile environment
The Chicago Teachers Union issued this statement after learning of another incidence of intolerance at Jones College Prep High School, which has been dogged by complaints of antisemitism, racism and homophobia for years under the school’s current leadership.
Tags: Jones College Prep
November 3, 2022
Entanglement report shows Lightfoot using CPS as piggy bank while students go without
Lightfoot forcing CPS to assume $6 billion in grossly underfunded City pension liabilities in district with backlog of at least $2 billion in urgent facilities needs and desperate shortages of supports for students.
October 31, 2022
5P Tues: ‘Day of Dead’ action demands that Lightfoot address immigrant students’ urgent needs
Influx of immigrant families in recent months has intensified inequity for Chicago’s public school students, communities – with shortages ranging from bilingual ed teachers to native language resources and culturally relevant curriculum.
Tags: Day of the Dead, Dios de los Muertos, displaced immigrants, immigrant rights, immigrant students
October 27, 2022
IL Report Card shows our students need fully funded schools and real equity
Report shows how educators are working their hearts out for students and school communities – while resource gap and inadequate assessment policies continue to undermine equity for Chicago’s working class, Black and Brown students. CHICAGO, October 27, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in wake of the release of […]
October 26, 2022
Ten questions for Mayor Lightfoot before today’s meeting of her hand-picked board of education
School district has slashed funding at 40+% schools, while student trauma goes unmet – and district forks over another $200 million to offset mayor’s budget shortfall on City side. CHICAGO, October 26, 2022 — The Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago City Council both meet later today. Both bodies will discuss finances. And […]
Tags: budget cuts, Lori Lightfoot
October 25, 2022
LSC, school community to urge CPS Board of Ed to make Uplift the neighborhood‘s official high school
“We have so much to offer our community,” say LSC members, as CTU urges support for pioneering sustainable community school. 9:30 a.m., Wed., Oct. 26: press conference with LSC members, parents, supporters, CPS HQ, 42 W. Madison St., Chicago CHICAGO — Parents, LSC members and local residents will urge CPS on Wednesday to support a […]
October 24, 2022
CTU Statement on School Shooting in St. Louis, Missouri
Union urges action that addresses root causes of gun violence. CHICAGO, October 24, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued the statement below in wake of the Monday school shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis: “Tragically, in America, parents and families worry about their children’s safety at school with […]
Tags: Gun Violence
October 18, 2022
Educators call for supportive, safe, sustainable charter schools in coordinated contract campaign with 13 charter operators
Acute shortages of supports for special education students, English language learners highlight chronic lack of resources while charters’ statewide lobby group advocates for right-wing candidates. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19: Rank-and-file CTU charter members to picket, rally at Acero Idar, 5050 S. Homan for end to chronic and unsustainable under-staffing CHICAGO — As charter school […]
Tags: charter operators, INCS
October 3, 2022
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 response to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s release of her proposed 2023 budget: […]
Tags: budget cuts, City Budget, Lori Lightfoot, Special Education
Administrative Transfer Window
Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Fall 2023 without principal permission from Friday, March 24, 2023 to Monday, May 8, 2023.