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Assessment Plan Vote training @ Room 233, CTU Center
May 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The annual Assessment Votes established in Article 44-32 of our contract can be powerful, but complex. Votes on your school’s assessment calendar must be taken by May 24, 2019.

To guide you through this process, the CTU has an information page at www.ctulocal1.org/testing.

In addition, the CTU Grievance Department has set up trainings over the next three weeks. On the dates below, the Chicago Teachers Union will train delegates, PPC members and any interested CTU member in how to consult and to conduct votes around the Assessment Plan Vote. Walk-ins are welcome!

All trainings 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the
CTU Center • 1901 W. Carroll Ave.

  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Tuesday, May 14
  • Wednesday, May 15
  • Monday, May 20
  • Thursday, May 23

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email Sara Echevarría, Grievance Dept. Director, or call her at 312-329-6230.

Memorial Day (Paid Holiday)
May 27 all-day
Executive Board Meeting
May 28 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

This meeting is open only to members of the CTU Executive Board.

District Organizers Meeting
May 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

This meeting is open only to CTU District Organizers.

Sanctuary from Criminalization and Know Your Rights Training Session @ Chicago Teachers Union Center
May 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sanctuary from Criminalization and Know Your Rights Training Session @ Chicago Teachers Union Center

Educators will tackle the issues of Restorative Justice, police in the schools, Chicago’s Gang Database and other policy issues. Members will learn about the rights of educators and families and will receive one-on-one support & access to the latest resources to prepare you to lead on this issue in your school and within our Union. Food will be provided.

This training is the second of two trainings for the Sanctuary in Schools Member Development Program. The other training (same time and location) was the May 8 Expanded Sanctuary Curriculum for Students Training, in which educators provided materials and guidance on culturally relevant curriculum, bilingual education and language access.

Register for this session:

Early Childhood Education Listening Session @ CTU Center
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Chicago Teachers Union Early Childhood Committee Invites You To….

A Parent and Educator Meet-Up and Listening Session

Step up to the mic. Be heard.

Parents and Educators of preschool-aged and Kindergarten children (or soon-to-be) we need to hear from you!

We are CPS educators of young children and we are working hard to make our classrooms the kind of spaces that all our students deserve…but CPS hasn’t made this easy on any of us. We believe that educators have a lot to learn from the families we work with. We want to know your questions, concerns, and hopes for early childhood education inside the Chicago Public Schools. Are you concerned about…

  • Confusing registration process?
  • Why doesn’t pre-k enrollment guarantee me a Kindergarten seat?
  • How “universal” is “universal free pre-k”?
  • Full-day or half-day and what’s the difference?
  • What happens to 3-year-olds in the move to full day pre-k in CPS?
  • Bilingual and Special Education students–are they being served?
  • Why doesn’t every school have pre-k?
  • Why aren’t there after-school or before-school programs for pre-k?
  • What does developmentally appropriate look like in preschool and Kindergarten?
  • Large class sizes?

If you’re concerned about any of these issues—or any others regarding CPS early childhood education—please come to this meet-up to talk with other educators and parents, share information, and learn more about how to advocate for our youngest learners.

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House of Delegates Meeting
Jun 5 @ 4:15 pm – 6:45 pm
CTU-ACTS Year-End Celebration @ CTU Center
Jun 7 @ 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate a miraculous year for CTU-ACTS after school on Friday, June 7.

We are making news around the world because we are changing the script about public education by moving power, funding, and rights away from the business people on our boards and towards our classrooms, our students, and our members.

We are powerful! Over three-quarters of our members have held strong on strike picket lines in the past few months, and the rest of us built so much power in our schools, we won without striking.

We are setting new standards in our contracts: pay scales closing the gap with district pay; smaller, enforceable class sizes; special education compliance; sanctuary schools; shorter work day/year; and many others.And we are notching wins at various tables that put us in a position to set new standards in the next round of contract negotiations: up to six weeks fully paid maternity leave (Acero), average class size of 20 (YCLA), 48 days of bankable PTO (Latino Youth), advancement to Masters lane with EL/SpEd/counselor endorsements (Aspira), and adherence to professional association recommended ratios for counselors/nurses/psychologists/social workers (Instituto).

We are changing the charter industry. In just over a year as members of the Chicago Teachers Union, our earthquake of justice has sparked waves of militancy in defense of students in charter schools—from Los Angeles to Oakland to Cleveland and beyond. These victories empower demands at Namaste and Urban Prep, where bargaining continues, as well as at Passages and at CPS, where we can lock in the standards we are setting city-wide and advance them to better serve every Chicago public school student.

Every one of our members has stood in solidarity for better schools and it has been the honor of my life to stand in struggle with all of you.

I hope to see you June 7, to celebrate each other and our wildly successful work!

In solidarity,

Chris Baehrend


Last Day of Student Attendance (subject to change due to emergency days)
Jun 18 all-day
Teacher-Directed School Improvement Day
Jun 19 all-day

School Improvement Days are non-attendance days for students and are for teachers and staff to review student data, plan instruction, and engage in development aligned to school priorities. They are principal-directed, except April 5, 2019 and June 19, 2019, which are teacher-directed.

NOTE: These days are governed by Article 19-2 of the CTU-CPS Contract. The CPS SY18-19 Calendar confirms this day as entirely teacher-directed.