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Since 2010, the Chicago Teachers Union has recognized that our path forward—while not easy—is clear. Our school communities must have a different governing structure, progressive revenue for a new funding formula and a stronger voice for educators in order to secure the schools Chicago children deserve.

We are working to unwind harmful legislative actions that have created a second-tier school district, and resulted in declining revenue and corrupt governance. Over the past month, several CTU-backed bills have passed out of the Illinois House and need your support to pass in the Illinois Senate.

  1. Once again, the bill to decommission the unelected and unaccountable Illinois State Charter School Commission—HB768 (Welch)—passed out of the House with a vote of 61-46.
     
  2. The majority of the members—63-54— of the Illinois House of Representatives agree that Chicago Teachers deserve their voice.  The House advanced HB1253 (Tabares) to the Senate. The bill will restore the full collective bargaining rights of Chicago educators.  In 1995, a Republican-controlled Illinois General Assembly along with a Republican governor enacted legislation that was designed to undermine collective bargaining rights for teachers only in the city of Chicago. This legislation contributed greatly to oversized classrooms; the loss of experienced teachers; the decline of Black and Latino teachers through runaway privatization.
     
  3. HB3720 (Harper) is a tax increment finance (TIF) reform bill that will bring true transparency to TIFs and provide funds for special education and trauma services in our schools. The bill passed the House with a veto-proof majorityof 75-39.
     

Use the form below to automatically address a letter to your state senator about a number of important bills that the Chicago Teachers Union supports. The CTU has drafted language that outlines the importance of these bills, but you should feel free to add details about how lack of adequate funding, lack of democracy, and lack of voice in key issues affect you personally. Please be mindful to leave the bill numbers and the word “support” in the subject line of your letter.

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