Parents 4 Teachers
Defending Public Education

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Parents 4 Teachers (P4T) has come together to stand up for teachers and work for real education reform. Standing up for teachers means standing up for our kids!

A look back...

CPS makes history, closing scores of schools. Chicago Sun-Times, 6/24/13

More questions about school closings process.
By Curtis Black, Newstips 

The rapidly shrinking CPS "utilization crisis." Excellent analysis by Curtis Black, News tips

The Reader's Ben Joravsky urges a yes vote on the 2012 Elected School Board Referendum

P4T Parent Erica Clark says  teachers' strike was an "Us" moment in the Chicago Tribune

Basic description of reasons for the strike from The Washington Post

Teacher's personal account of the strike at Huffington Post

Jim DeRogatis discusses the strike from a parent's perspective

P4T parent Rhoda Rae Gutierrez Calls for an end to test score based pay in the Tribune (scroll down to End Testing)

Standarized Test Scores Are the Worst Way To Evaluate Teachers by Isabel Nunez in the Sun-Times

Two Visions For Chicago Schools by Diane Ravitch

Another Chicago is Still Possible...

CTU president Karen Lewis' recent announcement regarding her health means that we have had to change the October 30th event, "A Conversation with Karen Lewis." We send our best wishes to Karen and her family as she focuses on her health and wellness.  

Although Karen is not running for mayor, the movement she helped inspire continues to work for democratic, progressive change in our schools and our city.

Join us for a discussion of how we can continue to build that movement and work for strong schools and strong communities for ALL Chicago.

Another Chicago is Still Possible
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
6 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson, Chicago

Featuring Ben Joravsky, political columnist for The Chicago Reader, and Jesse Sharkey, Interim President, Chicago Teachers Union.  Response from Sherise McDaniel, parent leader and activist from Manierre Elementary School.

Join us at 5 p.m. for a training on the Elected Representative School Board (ERSB) petition drive and get your ERSB petitions notarized and submitted. We’ll have petitions available for all north side wards. 

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please register in advance.

If you have any questions, please email us at or leave a message at 773-916-P4T4 (7484) and we will get back to you. 

Send a Video Card to Karen Lewis

We’re all concerned about the health of CTU President Karen Lewis and wish her a speedy and full recovery.  Want to send her a get well message? Join us at the Oct. 30 event—we’ll be taping a video card to let Karen know we care and that we’re keeping up the struggle while she focuses on getting well.

Elected School Board Campaign Gains Momentum

P4T and other groups across the city are working to get an elected school board referendum on the February ballot in each of the city’s 50 wards. We launched the campaign Oct. 13, outside McNair School on the city’s west side, a fitting backdrop for the campaign because the school was “turned around” last year over the strong objection of parents, students and school staff.

We need volunteers in every ward to help make this campaign a success. Petitions are due to the Chicago Board of Elections in mid-November, so we’re organizing a big push for election day on Nov. 4. Email to sign up for a ward. Even a few hours will be a big help.

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