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CTU conducts research on issues important to our members and to all public education advocates.

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Unseen: Students’ Traumatic Experiences

CPS gives superficial attention to the issue of social-emotional learning, but will not commit resources to do the job right. The lack of social workers in CPS is appalling – the district has about 20 percent of the what the National Association of Social Workers recommends. Psychologists, school nurses, and counselors are in short supply as well, and class sizes in Chicago are among the highest in the state. This impacts a school population where a majority of students live in neighborhoods characterized by high levels of poverty, unemployment, lack of affordable housing and other issues associated with trauma. Instead of investing in resources to address trauma, CPS gives tens of millions of dollars to “investors.” Banks get paid on both ends – tax breaks (which result in less money for schools) and interest when the district then has to borrow money.

 


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Abandonment or Revival?
What to Expect from a New High School in Englewood

Through poor planning and racist policy decisions, CPS has deliberately undermined Englewood’s neighborhood high schools. Now, CPS is planning to "consolidate" (close) Harper, Hope, TEAM Englewood, and Robeson, under the guise of "giving Englewood students a high quality high school experience."

 

A Just Chicago: Fighting for the City Our Students Deserve

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A Just Chicago: Fighting for the City Our Students Deserve details the intimate connection of health, housing, jobs, segregation and funding to education. This report describes city policies that negatively impact CPS students, their families, and communities.

 

Privatization: The Black & White of Education in Chicago's Public Schools - November, 2012

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The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released on December 1, 2012, a report on the “underutilization crisis” in the Chicago Public Schools system, a crisis that has been manufactured largely to justify the replacement of neighborhood schools by privatized charters.

 

The Schools Chicago's Students Deserve

 

Sea of Red: CTU members reflect on how the social organizing model of unionism helped win the union’s 2012 contract campaign

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In September of 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union carried out a successful seven-day strike against Chicago Public Schools. The CTU is the most notable actor in grassroots opposition to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to date.

 

Still Separate, Still Unequal

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On the 59th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released a report on the history of disruptive actions against communities of color by Chicago Public Schools (CPS), exemplified by school closings that intensify the harmful effects of segregated schools and neighborhoods.

 
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