Sunday, June 18, 2017

Chicago: Teachers at 32 Charter Schools Vote to Join the Chicago Teachers Union | Diane Ravitch's blog

Chicago: Teachers at 32 Charter Schools Vote to Join the Chicago Teachers Union | Diane Ravitch's blog:

Chicago: Teachers at 32 Charter Schools Vote to Join the Chicago Teachers Union


In Chicago, 1,000 teachers from 32 charter schools voted to join the nation’s most militant teachers union, the CTU. There are 125 charter schools in Chicago, according to CPS data.
“Unionized teachers at Chicago’s charter schools are one step closer to unifying with their counterparts in the city’s public school district, a historic move that would strengthen opposition to austerity and neoliberal education reform.
“Last week, members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (ChiACTS)—the American Federation of Teachers local representing about 1,000 educators at 32 charter schools—voted to merge their local with the nearly 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union (CTU).
“The unification vote passed with the approval of 84 percent of voting members, ChiACTS said. Before the merger can move forward, CTU members will also have to vote on the measure this fall.
“Our overwhelming vote for unity affirms that charter educators are educators first, and servants of the public with a shared commitment to the futures of our students across the city,” ChiACTS president Chris Baehrend told In These Times.”
Charter lobbyists attempted to dissuade ChiACTS members from approving the merger by describing the CTU as “anti-charter school.” But union leaders dispute this characterization.
“CTU has been very clear that they do not have a problem with our Chicago: Teachers at 32 Charter Schools Vote to Join the Chicago Teachers Union | Diane Ravitch's blog:
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