CORE: The Caucus of Rank-and-file Educators 0000

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!

Latest Updates

CORE Convention 2021

Register for the CORE Con 2021 here:

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Vote for Larry, Lois and Mary as retired Pension Trustees!

Please nominate Larry, Mary and Lois here:

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Help Tammie and Quentin become CTPF Trustees

Please nominate Tammie and Quentin here if you are an active teacher:

Please print these petitions and circulate at your schools before the end of the year. 

Tammie Vinson Petition 

Quentin Washington Petition

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Elect these Amazing leaders to the CTU Executive Board

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CORE Congratulates the campaign to stop General Iron

For Immediate Release 

What: Media Alert about the victory on the General Iron permit 

When: May 10th 

Who: The Caucus of Rank and File Educators. 

 The Caucus of Rank and File Educators congratulates the environmental justice movement that stopped the metal shredder, General Iron, from adding to the already excessive pollution on the Southeast side of Chicago. The hard fought battle was won due to the heroic efforts of students and teachers at Washington High School and the entire Southeast Side who had to go to the extreme of waging a month-long hunger-strike to have their voices heard. 

 The herculean efforts of the coalition led President Biden’s new administrator for the EPA, Michael Regan, to pressure Mayor Lightfoot Friday to halt the permit for this notorious polluter. He stated that the pollution on the Southeast Side “epitomize[s] the problem of environmental injustice” and Mayor Lightfoot finally listened, suspending permits for the metal shredder indefinitely, pending a study of health impacts on the community. 

 CORE members helped lead the fight for environmental justice and illuminate the disproportionate harm faced by the Black and Latinx communities in and around the city from so many corporate polluters. According to CORE member and teacher Lauren Bianchi “this has been a righteous fight but one that only has just begun. We will not rest until all our schools, students and their families have a healthy and green alternative to these polluters, including free solar panels, updated school HVAC systems, clean air, removal of lead pipes, and the medical care too many low income families lack. Our students are demanding that the schools and city use the more than $3 billion in Rescue Act funds from President Biden to address these historic disparities and listen to the people.”


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Building Strong Safety Committees

CORE member and delegate Quentin Washington, shared his school's safety committee guidelines at our April CORE meeting. 

We are taking this opportunity to share the materials and will add more as we receive them from other CORE members. 

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CORE member Miriam Socoloff celebrated for her mosaic on Jewish Labor in Chicago

Check out this fabulous article about CORE member Miriam Socoloff 

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Vote CORE's Retiree Slate

Help CORE Retirees continue the fight to defend our pensions and maintain a strong CTU! Vote the CORE DELEGATE SLATE!
See the names and ballot position of our
candidates below:
2  Bernie Eshoo
3  Norine Gutekanst
5  Bea Lumpkin
6  John Lewis
7  Debby Pope
9  Pat Boughton
10  Helen Ramirez-O'Dell
11  George Milkowski
12  Drunita Stewart
14  Pat Knazze
18  Sue Sebesta
20  Lois Nelson
21  Cathaline Carter
22  Bill Lamme
23  Stephanie Collins
25  Margo Murray
26  Charlotte Sanders
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Support Lifting the Ban on Rent Control

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CORE's History in Comics

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Grassroots Education Movement puts pressure on Mayor to improve Remote Learning

Powerful action yesterday by GEM : CTU and allies. 

It is shifting the narrative in important ways on how to improve remote learning now. There are more actions coming soon. Made first page of Sun Times and 2nd page of Trib (below)
Get involved here! 
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Rest in Power Karen Lewis

President Emerita Karen Lewis

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Join the Week of Action for Safe Schools!

Mon. 1/18, 9AM - Pilsen Community Solidarity Walk
Start: Jungman School, 18th & Miller
End: Plaza Tenochtitlan, 18th & Blue Island
Tues. 1/19, 4PM - Organize a Car Caravan for Safe Schools with multiple schools in your community:
Little Village Car Caravan for Safe Schools
4PM Gather/ begin at 31st and Kedzie (park cars with hazards on along 31st street)
Wed. 1/20 - Organize a ‘Teach Out’ for Safe Schools , with school staff outside your school:
'Teach Out' & Educators, Parents and Community United, Press Conference at Gary ES, 3740 W. 31st. (Time TBD)
Thurs. 1/21 - Participate in Citywide High School Solidarity for Safe Schools Actions. Join the virtual planning meeting on 1/19 at 4:30PM. Email [email protected] for more information and meeting link.
Fri. 1/22, 5PM - Organize a Parent Community Virtual Meeting for Safe Schools with educators and school staff. Citywide Spanish Language Parent Meeting, registration and meeting link to come.
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Protect and Defend First Wave Students and Teachers from unsafe reopening

I. Organize, Organize, Organize! 

Rank and file members in CORE and the CTU are organizing to ensure a safe and equitable reopening of school.

We know CPS is not prioritizing the health of our students, their families or staff in this haphazard plan they refuse to bargain or reconsider based on our concerns and recommendations. 

Therefore, we are committed to taking action and expressing solidarity when and where any member is forced back to in person instruction against their will. 

1. Support the CTU program and celebrate the courage of our first wave of members in pre-k and cluster programs slated to report on Monday, January 4th. We defend and encourage their right to assert a refusal to work in person and remain remote. Take a sick day or mental health day if you need one. 

Sign the Pledge! Pledge link:

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ERSB Town Hall Tonight and Twitter Storm for Safe Reopening Wednesday

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