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

Make Your Voice Heard May 19

Chicago Public Schools has failed to offer teachers a contract extension and instead is looking for a 7 percent pay cut—setting the stage for another round of contentious contract talks and the potential for a strike next spring. The Chicago Teachers Union has already publicly presented its demands—for smaller classes, less testing and more teaching, and more wrap around services among other things—but the district has not publicly responded.

We’ve asked both parties, the CTU and CPS, to attend three public forums to discuss the issues at stake in the new contract for our children and our schools. The union has confirmed but CPS has not, so we need to pressure the district to publicly engage with parents, teachers and the community. The first forum will be held May 19.

Be at the Table: Make Your Voice Heard for the Education Our Children Deserve

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
6 p.m.
Luther Memorial Church
2500 W. Wilson, Chicago
Download flyer in English | Spanish

In the meantime, call the new Interim CPS CEO, Jesse Ruiz, at (773) 553-1500, and demand that he engage with the public about the critical issues at stake in the contract talks. 

And read our summary about what’s at stake in the negotiations.

Two additional contract forums will be held on the South and West Sides:
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:00pm
Mt. Carmel MB Church, 2978 S. Wabash
Sponsored by Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 6:00pm
Kelly Hall YMCA, 824 N. Hamlin
Sponsored by Blocks Together

Please spread the word!

Opt Out Bill Stalls-For Now

HB 306, the parental opt-out bill sponsored by State Rep. Will Guzzardi, stalled in the house last week thanks to legislative maneuvers by Gov. Rauner, who opposes the bill.  But there may still be time to pass the bill. Please continue to call your state reps and senators. Find their contact info here.

But Limits on Charter Commission Passes House

Time to call your state senators and ask them to support HB 3097, which passed the house and now needs to be voted on in the state senate. This bill would weaken the undemocratic charter commission which can overturn local district decisions about charters. Find your senators here.

Time to Clean House at CPS BOE

P4T joined with Raise Your Hand, Blocks Together and parents from across the city to renew our call for an elected representative school board in the wake of the SUPES scandal. CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is on paid leave as a result of the federal investigation into a no-bid contract CPS awarded to her former employer. Check out the the Sun-Times coverage of the press conference. 

New Charter Proposals

At the same time it's complaining of a $1 billion budget hole and demanding pay cuts from teachers, 32 new charter proposals are under consideration. CPS is taking applications for Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs), which will review the charter plans. These bodies need public education advocates on them so please apply. Get the application here. The application deadline has been extended to May 20. 

Journey for Justice National Organizing Conference

P4T was proud to join the Chicago contingent of the first organizing conference of the Journey for Justice in Newark from May 1-3. J4J is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 21 cities across the country, including Chicago, pushing back and demanding community-driven alternatives to the privatization of and dismantling of public school systems. You can support J4J with your active participation in its campaigns or member organizations and through your generous donations.

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