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September 29, 2022

Friday, 4P: Street in front of CTU headquarters to be renamed “Karen Lewis CTU Way”

Rank-and-file CTU members, elected officials will come together at 4 p.m. to honor Lewis’ transformational leadership of union and Chicago’s progressive movement. 4 p.m. Friday, September 30: Street renaming ceremony, CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll. CHICAGO —The Chicago Teachers Union will honor their beloved President Emerita Karen GJ Lewis on Friday by renaming the street […]

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September 28, 2022

Our comprehensive blueprint for real equity in Chicago’s public schools

“Schools Chicago Students Deserve 3.0” brings a groundbreaking 2012 CTU report further into the 21st century, with focus on COVID-19 pandemic recovery and equity for hundreds of neglected Black and Latinx families and school communities.  


September 9, 2022

CTU statement on today’s shooting near Kenwood Academy High School

Mothers don’t send our children to school to be murdered. Mayor Lightfoot and every single decision maker in this city owe us more. We demand more.

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August 22, 2022

Excitement, joy and challenge as the new school year begins

Dear fellow CTU members! Welcome to the 2022 – 2023 school year. I hope you had a restful summer break and were able to relax and recharge your batteries for the year ahead, now that students have joined us in our school buildings. When I was in the classroom, the first day of school back […]


August 19, 2022

CTU kicks off school year with inauguration of new officers, call for more equitable, joyous school day for students

Rank and file expected to vote next week to ensure continuing COVID safety protections for students, staff as families ready for new school year and CTU celebrates 85th anniversary of union’s founding. 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21: Inauguration of new CTU officers, CTU headquarters, 1901 W. Carroll. 7 a.m., Monday, August 22: back-to-school press availability […]

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July 26, 2022

Lightfoot using GOP tactics to fire teachers, environmental activists

At a time of attacks on educators from red states and Republican lawmakers for teaching the truth about our country’s history, it’s disgraceful that educators are targeted by the mayor for protecting their students and their school communities.

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9A Wed: Lightfoot must provide students with enough educators, support staff, healthy facilities to recover from COVID

As virus again spikes, new school year approaches and trauma needs among students and staff intensify, educators urge stepped up ventilation, vax plan, desperately needed facilities repairs, more nurses, more educators for special education, English language learners. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 27: Educators and allies call for education equity, CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison, Chicago. […]

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June 29, 2022

A victorious night for our education champions

Illinois State Representative Delia Ramirez in the 3rd Congressional District, and businessman and activist Jonathan Jackson in the 1st, lead a number of election night wins for CTU-endorsed candidates.

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June 24, 2022

CTU statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade

The Chicago Teachers Union issued this statement today regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, striking down the constitutional right to abortion.

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June 10, 2022

Mayor’s layoffs of educators hit schools struggling with inequity, ongoing pandemic harms

Lightfoot saddles district with $175 million pension bill instead of funding critical positions — librarians, social workers, technology coordinators — in every school. CHICAGO, June 10, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union released this statement following word that layoff notices began circulating Friday among educators and support staff, while the district runs a billion dollar […]

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June 8, 2022

Chase families, students to mayor: don’t force deaf and hard-of-hearing children out of our school community

In a month dedicated to promoting inclusiveness and diversity, CPS moves to eject deaf and hard-of-hearing children from elementary school that has spent seven years building deep ties and a rich community among hearing and non-hearing students. 7:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9: Educators, parents, students oppose mayor’s closure of deaf and hard-of-hearing program, Chase Elementary, […]

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June 7, 2022

Mayor starts re-election bid by balancing City budget on the backs of CPS students

Lightfoot saddles district with $175 million pension bill instead of funding critical positions — librarians, social workers, technology coordinators — in every school. CHICAGO, June 7, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union released this statement following the public circulation of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s FY22-23 Chicago Public Schools budget: The mayor is launching her re-election bid […]

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June 3, 2022

In historic union drive, ChiArts part-time teaching artists vote to join CTU

Stagnant wages, lack of job security, no basic rights fueled this week’s vote by artists who serve as part-time educators — from voice teachers to video instructors — to join their full-time colleagues in the CTU. CHICAGO, June 3, 2022 — Teaching artists and school office staff at Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) […]


June 1, 2022

CTU educators join parents, families stricken by violence in vigil calling for resources, support to help communities heal

Families, communities struggling with daily tragedy from violence cry out for more support while facing chronic disinvestment and bracing for mayor’s $60+ million in staffing and program cuts across half of CPS schools. 5:30 p.m. (gather), 6:00 p.m. (start), Thursday, June 2: Vigil against violence, Beidler Elementary, 3151 W. Walnut St., Chicago. CHICAGO — Educators […]

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May 28, 2022

3:30P Tues: Little Village educators, families, electeds mobilize against steep budget cuts at already starved schools

Lightfoot’s CPS team slashes over $3 million from Little Village school budgets as district sits on $1.4 billion in federal COVID relief dollars, low-balls scope of harm from cuts to critical programs. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31: Protest, press conference with educators, families, students, elected officials, under the Little Village Arch, 26th and Albany, Chicago. […]

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May 24, 2022

Uvalde: We grieve and call for urgent action

The Chicago Teachers Union issued the following statement today in wake of news of another devastating mass shooting that’s taken the lives of at least 14 children and an educator in Uvalde, Texas.

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May 23, 2022

Hibbard elementary educators, families join fight against devastating, unnecessary CPS budget cuts

With the Albany Park community still reeling from two years of trauma and loss from the devastating pandemic, CPS is imposing $430,000 in budget cuts at HIbbard Elementary, a beloved school in the predominantly Latinx community. But the school community is fighting back.

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May 18, 2022

7A Thurs: Haines Elementary families join educators to demand reversal of mayor’s devastating school budget cuts

With schools currently funded at only 65% ‘adequacy’, mayor’s $60+ million budget cuts come as CPS sits on $1.4 billion in federal COVID relief dollars and low-balls scope of harm, which will force split classrooms, larger classes, less resources for students who desperately need stable supports.. 7:00 a.m. THURSDAY, May 19 : Haines elementary school […]

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May 16, 2022

CTU charter school educators to rally for accountability, equity from operators, mayor’s CPS ‘oversight’ team

Unionized charter school teachers and support staff at over 30 schools with 13 different operators launch unified contract campaign to reduce desperate staff shortages, strengthen affordable health care for workers, stabilize schools. 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17: Rally, press availability with rank and file CTU charter educators, officers, allies. CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison, Chicago […]

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CTU statement on weekend violence, addressing pain of Chicago youth

CHICAGO, May 16, 2022 — The Chicago Teachers Union issued this statement today following another violent weekend in Chicago that led to the tragic death of a CPS student and a 6 p.m. weekend curfew for unaccompanied young people in Millennium Park: Why does a Black mayor of a city with a large population of […]

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April 26, 2022

Mayor must reverse school cuts and invest COVID funds in students needs and recovery

Lightfoot’s CPS team has $1.4 billion in unspent federal COVID relief funds, but is imposing massive cuts on schools in special education, trauma supports, other critical needs, creating larger class sizes, fewer supports and hunger games of disinvestment and neglect. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 27: press conference with parents, educators, CTU officers. CPS headquarters, 42 […]

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April 25, 2022

Zapata joins public schools across city in rejecting devastating CPS budget cuts

CPS hoarding $1.4 billion in federal COVID relief dollars, low-balling scope of budget cuts, which will result in split classrooms, bigger classes, less resources for students who need more social emotional support. 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 26: press conference with parents, CTU educators, CTU officers. Zapata Elementary School, 2728 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago CHICAGO — […]

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April 20, 2022

In historic organizing drive, ChiArts teaching artists seek to join CTU

Stagnant wages, lack of job security or basic rights fuel push by artists – from voice teachers to video instructors – to join union with full-time educators. CHICAGO, April 20, 2022 — Since full-time teachers and paraprofessionals at ChiArts – the Chicago High School for the Arts – unionized with the CTU in 2018, educators […]


April 8, 2022

More legislative wins as Springfield nears end of legislative session

CTU Legislative and Policy Director Kurt Hilgendorf emailed this legislative update to rank and file CTU members on Friday, April 8, 2022. We are down to the wire in Springfield, where the legislature is expected to finish this session’s work by midnight tonight. We’ve shared a variety of positive legislative developments this session, including the […]

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April 7, 2022

90% cut in lapsed educator license fee, 20% cut in PD requirement for renewal cycle

CTU Legislative and Policy Director Kurt Hilgendorf sent this legislative update to rank and file CTU members on Thursday, April 7, 2022. As you may know, the legislative session is set to end in Springfield on Friday, and we continue to move our bills through the General Assembly in what’s turning out to be both […]

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