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BLM at School Week

During the week of February 5, 2018 National Black Lives Matter at School Week will be observed in cities around the country. The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted unanimously to join National Black Lives Matter at School Week at its January 10, 2018 meeting.

This week of study and action is grounded in the 13 guiding principles of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. In the United States today, a growing number are confronting the reality of mass incarceration, poverty, unaffordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare. All of these injustices exist in the intersection of race, class and gender. Chicago is a prime example of a city rife with racial and other, related injustices.

Black Lives Matter at School Week is intended to empower each of us and our students to know that it is possible to eradicate these ills by actively engaging the truth and never being afraid to share it, even when it is unpopular.

As part of the CTU’s commitment to this week of justice, CTU provides the following resources to help bring Black Lives Matter to your classroom:

We will also hold two free screenings of films that highlight racial oppression:

Postponed due to snow:

’63 Boycott

’63 Boycott on March 12


Resources Related to the National Demands

Check out the Facebook page for the National Week of Action  

Read up on articles related to the 3 national demands for Black Lives Matter At School Week:

  1. End zero tolerance discipline policies that disproportionately impact Black and Brown students. Focus on appropriately implementing restorative justice practices. CPS students fought for the passage of a 2015 Illinois law that would reduce suspensions, but educators are still asking for the funds and training necessary to support positive school climates and practices.

  2. Stop the pushout of Black educators from schools through policy and practices that do not respect their value. Hire and retain Black educators who are proven by research to support positive outcomes for Black students in particular. In CPS, the percentage of Black teachers has been cut in half since 2000 (from 40% to 21%) and the number of Black teachers has gone down by 5,500.

  3. Teach Black History and Ethnic Studies courses in grades K–12 to empower Black students and all students of color. Teaching Black History is mandated by a 1991 Illinois state law, but it happens inconsistently in CPS even though, as of 2015, a K–10 Black History curriculum has been available.


Other Related Resources

Read up on Black Lives Matter related organizing among teachers unions:

Professional Development

Curriculum Resources

Chicago Teachers Union