Chicago Teacher Interviews LA Union VP

Chicago teacher Jesse Sharkey interviews UTLA vice president Julie Washington (pictured) about what's going on with unions, charters, and all the rest in LA Unified (here).

Just back from a charter schools conference, Washington talks about how not all charter people are bad -- but some are anti-union. She also says that there's been some self-inflicted harm done by union supporters:

"I don't think we've done ourselves any favors by being narrowly focused

on certain issues--damn what the kids need and damn what's going on in

the total system--just speaking only to very narrow union ideology and

not really opening it up. [We need to do a better job] of defining who

we are for ourselves, and not allowing the media or union busters to

define who we are."

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