Support Our Teachers and Clerks--CPS plans to implement the Kronos pilot program at 117 schools, causing additional work for teachers and the potential loss of school clerks who are vital members of our communities.
Support Our Teachers and Clerks
Next week, CPS plans to implement the Kronos pilot program at 117 schools, causing additional work for teachers and the potential loss of school clerks. In response, the CTU has deemed today, 3/17, Clerk Appreciation Day. And next week, teachers will protest the program by only working their contractual hours.
That means teachers will clock in and out at the times designated in the contract and will not staff any after school or extra curricular programs. As parents know, our teachers go above and beyond for their students, working long hours after school and at home. So, this isn't an easy ask for them. But they believe it's an important way to stand up and fight back against harmful CPS policies.
How can you show support for our clerks and teachers?
1) Sign this petition to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool to stop the Kronos program and save our clerks.
2) Take photos of support and send them to Claypool at [email protected] and Janice Jackson at [email protected]. Share on social media--#saveourclerks.
3) Call Claypool at 773-553-1508 and Frank Clark at 773-553-1600 and 773-553-1573 and tell then NO to the Kronos pilot and YES to our teachers and clerks.
4) Sign up to attend the March 22 CPS Board meeting to voice support for your school staff. Registration for the meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 20, at www.cpsboe.org.
4) Have your students deliver letters or draw pictures of support for their teachers and school clerks next week.
5) Wear red in solidarity all week when you visit your child's school. Bring flowers, coffee and treats to the office for teachers and staff.
Elected School Board Update
HB 1774, the Elected School Board bill, passed out of a house committee by an 18 -1 vote and is now headed to the full House for consideration. Thanks to Rep. Rob Martwick, the bill's sponsor, for working hard to advance the bill again this year.
Last year, an elected school board bill sailed through the House but hit a brick in the Senate, where Rahm Emanuel and Sen President John Cullerton opposed it. P4T is working with a coalition of groups to push the measure again this year. Find your state legislators here. Call them and urge them to support the bill.