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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.


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.

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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.

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February 7, 2023

The Chicago Teacher Union Commemorates the Life and Legacy of Karen Lewis

Karen GJ Lewis, NBCT

“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…


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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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November 10, 2022

Husband of late CTU President Karen Lewis on her legacy and the race for mayor of Chicago

Karen Lewis

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.

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November 9, 2022

CTU candidates sweep elections, build momentum for Brandon Johnson’s run for mayor

CTU candidates sweep elections

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.

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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.


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.

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October 31, 2022

5P Tues: ‘Day of Dead’ action demands that Lightfoot address immigrant students’ urgent needs

Migration is beautiful, reads this image that superimposes a Day of the Dead decorated skull with the CTU logo and monarch butterfly wings.

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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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: […]

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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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Administrative Transfer Window

Teachers will be able to transfer schools for Fall 2024 without principal permission from Sunday, March 24, 2024 to Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

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