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!

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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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Save Our Schools

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Teachers on Strike are Still Teaching

Join CORE and Haymarket books in conversation with Caucus leaders from around the country

Register Here 

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CORE Convention is Coming

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Jamboard on Why We Join CORE!


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