CORE: The Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators 0000Google Form for School Visits

Under CORE’s leadership, the CTU has won class size protections, bilingual education provisions and sanctuary schools protections. We won big COLA raises in our current contract and bigger raises for paraprofessionals. We won safety agreements that protected us when a court outlawed school mask mandates and that allows flip-to-remote when quarantine rates are high.

We have huge opportunities around the corner for big improvements in our job conditions and in students’ learning conditions. That’s especially true since we have finally won the bargaining rights taken from us in 1995 and we will have elected members of the school board in the next election and a fully elected school board in 2026. But we’ll have to fight to win if we are to make the most of those opportunities. That’s why we need CORE to keep leading!

CTU Clinicians: click here for directions to #VoteCORE in the runoff election for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President.

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Fight for Abortion Rights

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When We Fight, We Win!

Crowd of supporters around Lauren & Chuck, holding signs of support.

[Photo courtesy of Oscar Sanchez/@oso_campeon on Twitter]

Lauren Bianchi and Chuck Stark are two CTU teachers at George Washington High School on Chicago’s far southeast side. They used their voices to successfully advocate against the move by a major polluter,  General Iron, from an affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood to the working class largely Latinx neighborhood near Washington High School. 

[Link to CTU article on this fight]

[Link to WCPT 820 AM radio show - Sunday Mornings with Brandon Johnson ft. Chuck & Lauren]

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CTU Clinicians: #VoteCORE in the runoff election for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President!

Under CORE leadership, CTU has won major gains for clinicians and the students and families they serve. We elected most of our slate on May 20th, and now we need to elect our candidates for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President. Mary and Dennis are currently the co-chairs of the CTU Clinicians Steering Committee and are strong leaders in CTU's fights for justice. Read their biographies here: Mary Difino & Dennis Kosuth.

CORE won a majority of the votes cast in CTU's election. However, a majority was not won by any caucus in the election for the two Clinician Functional Vice Presidents. Because of this, there will be a runoff election for these positions on June 10th between the two caucuses who received the most votes for them: CORE and Members First. Clinicians will receive a mail ballot to vote in the runoff election. These ballots will be sent out on Thursday, May 26th.

CTU Clinicians: we need you to vote for our candidates for CTU Clinician Functional Vice President, Mary Difino and Dennis Kosuth. The votes must be received by CTU by June 10th. When you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it immediately. Put your ballots in the mail by June 4th to ensure your vote is counted!

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We Are Honored and Humbled

We did it.

But we didn’t do it alone. It took each and every one of you, your humanity, your compassion and your commitment.

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CORE Election Night Party at Output Lounge

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Social Justice Unionism and Teaching

CORE candidate for CTU High School Functional Vice President Nina Hike writes about how CORE's vision for social justice unionism includes social justice pedagogy.

"CORE believes that students' social justice consciousness is vital to give students equitable learning opportunities centered on real life, not on test prep."

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Candidate for High School Functional Vice President

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CORE Officer Candidates Shine, Demonstrate Their Proven Ability to Lead

On Thursday evening, May 5th, the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Chicago Teachers Union election on May 20th faced off and provided a stark contrast of vision, experience, and readiness to lead. CORE’s candidates demonstrated their readiness to lead our union on day one, while performances by candidates for the REAL and Members First caucuses raised serious concerns for the future of our union, should they be elected.

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Where I Come From, Why I'm Here, and How You Can Help

I wanted to take a moment to share my story about why I’m running with you for Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union and why this campaign means so much to me. If you don’t have time to read on, I hope you’ll consider making a $50 donation to our campaign.

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Candidates for Elementary School Functional Vice President

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CORE's Fight to Reduce Standardized Testing

Since the failed education reform of President Bush’s 2001 “No child left behind Act” our nation has seen a consistent increase in standardized testing across the country. As our government has continued to call for more so-called “accountability” measures, CORE has been frontlines of pushing back. A few years ago CORE members were at the epicenter of the opt-out campaigns, and we have consistently pointed out the racist and punitive nature of current assessment practices. 

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Meet your #COREClassOf2022 Candidates for Clinician Functional Vice President

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Meet Your #COREClassOf2022 Candidates for PSRP Functional Vice President

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Wednesday: Rally and Press Conference at the CPS Board of Education to Oppose Budget Cuts

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Organizing Against the CPS Budget Cuts

As we headed into spring break, we got the news that CPS intends to make $42M in cuts to our budgets next year. For my school, this means losing at least one teacher and some paraprofessionals. Some schools are slated to see as much as an 11% cut to their budget. All while CPS sits on $370M in unspent relief money. At the time when our students need it the most, the school district is hoarding the funds meant to help our schools recover.

We have to fight this.

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