On the July 24th Interim Agreement between CPS and CTU

Although our organization continues to advocate a 6.5 hour quality day, we are hopeful that the negotiations with CPS will not result in a CTU strike. We understand that several other items are still up for negotiation, such as healthcare, teacher evaluations, wages, discipline, etc. 

There are still many unanswered questions:

How is CPS paying for the 750 new teachers? At the budget hearings, we were told that the reserves were being used up. Will programs in the new budget be slashed? Which programs?

How exactly will the 750 new teachers cover the additional student time? How will those teachers be integrated into the student day? Will they be teaching subjects outside of their certified areas?

Students and teachers arriving and dismissing at the same time poses a safety hazard. How will that be resolved?

Why is there no local input to the actual start and end times of a school's day?


Quote of the Week:

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ― Japanese Proverb


The latest YouTube video on the longer school day.... 


About Us

We are residents of Chicago's 19th ward advocating a quality education for all students.

Our Work

We work together to ensure a quality public education for all students in CPS, while reaching out to other groups who share our vision. 

Whether you’re ready to lend a hand at one of our events, you need more information about an issue related to your child's education, or you want to share your story, here’s the place to do it.

Join Us

You do not need to live in the 19th ward to be a member!   The only membership requirement is that you expect quality education for all students in CPS. Click on the "Join our Organization" page and enter your contact information.


Organizations across Chicago share our mission

Chicago Parents for Quality Education

On Monday, April 9th, 2012, several groups across the city held a press conference at city hall to announce the formation of a new coalition: Chicago Parents for Quality Education. They presented a briefing to the mayor's office; this white paper contains information that refutes CPS claims of the effectiveness of a 7.5 hour day. The mayor has yet to contact the Coalition to set up a meeting.

The 19th Ward Parents organization is a member of this coalition.

Click on the link below to open the document presented to CPS by the coalition on April 9, 2012.

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