News and Advocacy

For the past couple weeks, Chicago based Groupon has handed over its social media audience of 22 million to African American entrepreneurs, activists, and leaders to amplify their voices during the

Part III

In Part One of this series we looked at the origins of racism. In Part Two we analyzed several forms of racism with a focus on conditioned racism.

Part II: Racism Defined / How Racism Works

Part One of our primer on confronting American racism discussed the creation of racism.

CPAA Advocacy Leads to Change in the District's COVID-19 Staffing Policy

We still have work to do regarding compensation, childcare exceptions, waste, inequity, and the overall lack of guidance for principals and lack of leadership from the district during the COVID-19 closures. Still, I want to report that pressure from CPAA has led to an important change in the district's report-to-work policy.

Last night I sent part of the results from our COVID-19 Survey to the CPS CEO, the Mayor, and every member of the Board of Education.

The Problem

Use of telephones to coerce, in violation of policies and guidelines

Despite written guidance from CPS affirming that the district is only asking--not requiring--school administrators to report to work during the COVID-19 district shutdown, CPAA has received several reports of chiefs violating those guidelines today in their verbal communications with principals and assistant principals. Unfortunately, this behavior is not new.

The Win

Administrators asked--not required--to report

After CPAA pointed out that--contrary to CPS claims--the Governor is not requiring CPS to compel administrators to report to work, CPS sent out a new communication to principals on Sunday with the following headers:

   From: Communication, Internal
   Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2020, at 2:45 PM
   Subject: Information to Help You Prepare for ... COVID-19

Practically speaking, CPAA is our union because it is how we fight collectively for ideal working conditions for school leaders and ideal learning conditions for our students. Legally speaking, however, school leaders do not have the statutory rights that unions have. It's time to change that.

How School Leaders Lost the Right to Form a Union (Supervisor vs. Policymaker)

I am pleased to announce that CPAA has a new General Counsel to represent the legal and professional interests of our members. As you know, the Law Department, OIG, and CPS, in general, have ramped up their attempts to investigate and discipline principals. I want you to understand the intense work we put into getting the most vigorous representation possible for our members.

A Wide Net and A Formidable Process