Cmsd Ctu Agreement
On August 27th, 2021, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reached an agreement that includes a new 5-year contract for teachers and staff of the Chicago Montessori Schools by Design (CMSD) program. The agreement, which was approved unanimously by the CTU`s House of Delegates, comes as a relief following months of negotiations and threats of a potential strike.
The CMSD program, which began in 2012, is a unique initiative that brings the Montessori teaching method to Chicago Public Schools. The program offers a hands-on, child-centered approach to education that emphasizes self-directed learning and individualized instruction. As of the 2021-2022 school year, there are 38 CMSD schools serving over 4,500 students.
Under the new agreement, CMSD teachers and staff will receive a 5% salary increase over the next 5 years. In addition, the agreement includes provisions for increased staffing levels, professional development opportunities, and improved working conditions. The agreement also includes language that protects the rights of special education teachers and support staff.
The CMSD program has been praised for its innovative approach to education and the positive impact it has had on students. However, the program has also faced criticism for its high teacher turnover rates and lack of support for special education students. The new agreement seeks to address these concerns and ensure that CMSD schools are able to attract and retain high-quality teachers and staff.
The agreement has been hailed as a win for both the CTU and CPS. CTU President Jesse Sharkey praised the agreement, saying, “The new CMSD agreement is a testament to the power of collective bargaining and the importance of investing in our students and our schools.” CPS CEO Janice Jackson echoed this sentiment, stating, “We are thrilled to have reached a fair and equitable agreement that supports our dedicated CMSD teachers and staff and ensures that our students receive the high-quality education they deserve.”
Overall, the CMSD CTU agreement is a positive step forward for Chicago Public Schools and the Montessori education movement. By investing in teachers and staff, the agreement will help to create a stable and supportive learning environment for students, and further establish the CMSD program as a model for innovative and effective education.