Test Resistance Meeting Feb 18th.

PARCC testing is set to begin March 9th. CPS has said they will only administer the test in 10% of schools.

The IL State Board of Ed is threatening districts with funding cuts if they don’t administer PARCC.

A parental opt out rights bill has been introduced in the IL House.

Our schools spend more time on tests every year, taking time from students for real learning. CPS piles on more high- stakes tests instead of providing the resources, access to arts, languages, project-based learning and critical thinking that too many students are denied.

In Chicago and across Illinois and the nation, parents and teachers are pushing back on the mandate to administer yet another test which takes time away
from instruction!

Join parents & teachers to discuss the impact of high-stakes standardized testing at our schools and what concrete steps we can take to push back:

1) Tell CPS your school does not want to pilot PARCC
2) Refuse PARCC and other standardized tests
3) Support an IL opt out bill


South  Side meeting:
Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm in CST

Kennicott Park

4434 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60653

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Vote on Presidents Day!!! Open til 5 today!!!

Today is Presidents Day, a federal holiday, but Early Voting locations for the municipal election are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Voters can use any site in the city regardless of their address.

Voters need a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.
Election board officials said voters who need to change their name or address or those registering to vote for the first time need to have two forms of ID. At least one must have the voter’s current address


please forward this to your schools, networks, contacts, etc.

Sign up this Weekend’s Canvassing/Phone Banking for CORE Members

Sign up for this weekend’s canvassing/phone banking
for our CORE members running for city council!  
There is only 3 weeks left!
Sue Sadlowski Garza 10th
SAT. 9:30am-2:30pm
SUN 12-4pm
9510 S Ewing
Ed Hershey 25th
SAT 11am Efebina’s
SUN 11am Cafe Catrina
Zerlina Smith 29th
SAT 10:30am-2pm
SUN 12-3pm
5300 W Quincy
Tim Meegan 33rd
SAT 10am-2pm
4307 N Kedzie
Tara Stamps 37th 
SAT Shift 1: 10am-12pm
        Shift 2: 1-3pm
        Shift 3: 3-5pm
Dianne Daleiden 40th 
SAT Shift 1: 10am-1pm
        Shift 2: 2-5pm
SUN 11am-1pm

Weekend Canvass 4 CORE members

Sign up for this Weekend’s Canvasses/Door-knocking!

Sue Garza 10th ward

Canvassing/door knocking : Saturday 9:30am-2:30pm and Sunday 12-5pm at the Campaign Office 9510 S Ewing

10th Ward Neighborhoods: Bush, east side, Hegewisch, Jeffery Manor, South Deering, Slag Valley, South Chicago

Dianne Daleiden 40th Ward

Saturday Fundraising: DANCE PARTY w/ MATT FARMER, Sat 1/17 12-3 pm ($40 adult, kids under 12 are free of charge!) HAMBURGER MARY’S, 5400 N. Clark St

Saturday Canvassing/door knocking: 3-5pm (leaving from Dance Party)

40th wards Neighborhoods: Andersonville, West Edgewater, Ravenswood, Lincoln Bend, Lincoln Square, Bowmanville, Budlong Wood’s, Arcadia Terrace, Rogers park

Edward Hershey 25th ward

Canvassing/Door knocking: Saturday, 11am at Efebina’s, 1640 S. Blue Island & Sunday, 11am at Cafe Catrina, 1011 W. 18th Street

25th Ward Neighborhoods: 25th ward is Pilsen, Chinatown, parts of UIC/West Loop/Tri-Taylor, Little Italy, small part of McKinley Park

Tim Meegan 33rd Ward

Saturday Canvassing/doorknock: 10am-2pm at the Campaign Office 4307 N. Kedzie

33rd Ward Neighborhoods: Albany Park, Irving Park, Ravenswood Manor, some Avondale

Tara Stamps 37th Ward

Canvassing/Door knocking: Shift 1: 10AM-12PM , Shift 2: 1PM 3PM , Shift 3: 3:00PM-5:00PM (choose one shift)

37th Ward Neighborhoods: Austin, West Garfield Park, West Humboldt Park, North Austin


Support our CORE candidates for alderman!

We are in the midst of historic times in Chicago city politics.  There are many progressive people who have decided to throw their hat in the ring and run for alderman this year with the hopes of taking our city back!  With only six weeks to go until election day, the candidates are entering a crucial phase of their campaign and we need all hands on deck.  Specifically, there are seven of our CORE brothers and sisters running for office, Sue Sadlowski Garza in the 10th ward, Ed Hershey in the 25th, Tammie Vinson in the 28th,  Zerlina Smith in the 29thTim Meegan in the 33rd, Tara Stamps in the 37th and Diane Daleiden in the 40th.  These CORE members will fight for issues we care about like an elected representative school board, fully funded public neighborhood schools and a $15 minimum wage just to name a few.  These candidates want to put an end to Rahm’s rubber stamp city council but they need your help to make this happen.  COME TO A SPECIAL CORE CANDIDATE MEETING ON MONDAY JANUARY 12th in order to hear more about how we can stand with our courageous brothers and sisters as they stand up to Rahm!

3850 S. WABASH

(Dinner and childcare provided)


Delegate Elections

As 2014 comes to an end, so does the current term for all CTU delegates. In accordance with the CTU constitution and bylaws, all CTU delegates serve a thre-year term and an election is held at the end of each term. All schools covered in the current CTU contract will hold elections to elect CTU delegates in January 2015.

Schools with less than 20 CTU members will elect a non-voting delegate; schools with 21 – 60 CTU members elect a voting delegate, for each additional 30 CTU members schools also elect associate delegate(s). Only CTU members can vote for delegates within their functional group. Agency fee members cannot vote in delegate elections.

Elections for CTU retirees, PSRPs and citywide members will be conducted by mail ballot in December 2014. The newly elected (or re-elected) CTU delegates will begin their term at the February 4th, 2015 CTU House of Delegates meeting.


CTU delegates possess a wealth of experience and knowledge that is most powerful when shared.

Current and prospective CTU delegates are invited to join CORE on Thursday 12/11 for an interactive workshop on:

  • What are the responsibilities of a CTU delegate;
  • Best practices in contract enforcement and communication with administration;
  • Facilitating union meetings and increasing turnout;
  • Nurturing member participation at the building level;
  • Establishing/ Coordinating Professional Problems Committee (PPC) and Professional Problems Leadership Committee (PPLC)
  • Increasing awareness and member involvement in Contract and Citywide Campaigns;
  • How to run a successful delegate campaign.

Delegates are the foundation of the CTU. Current delegates are encouraged to attend share their successes and challenges and learn from fellow delegates. Members who are interested to run for delegate can hear firsthand about what it takes to be a successful delegate. Join CORE on Thursday December 11th at 4:30PM at the Daley Library, 733 N. Kedzie for the CORE Delegate Elections Workshop.