Smaller class size, an end to high-stakes standardized testing and a better school day.
A full curriculum that includes art, music, foreign language, recess, bilingual education and special services to address the social and emotional needs of students.
For the community
Quality neighborhood schools for all children and equitable school funding, instead of the current two-tiered CPS system which discriminates based on race and class.
Parents, teachers and community members know what’s best for their kids and schools. Their voices should take center stage in education policy decision-making.
The right to bargain collectively for wages, working conditions and other issues—such as class size, length of school day and curriculum—that affect their schools.
Good teaching conditions equal good learning conditions for our kids. Teachers should feel and be valued and respected and receive salary and benefits commensurate with their education, experience and importance to society.
For real school reform
Stop the privatization of public education--it hasn't worked for the last decade and won't work now.
CPS should halt all school closings and turnarounds and work collaboratively with parents, teachers, students and community members to support and improve neighborhood schools.
Mayoral control of the schools has failed. Chicago needs an Elected Representative School Board that is accountable to parents, teachers, and students instead of politicians and wealthy private interests.