What Happened At The CTU House Of Delegates Mtg.

The CTU House of Delegates met today and voted to support a resolution expressing lack of confidence in Marilyn Stewart Arne Duncan. Click below for the press release and the resolution language itself.

UPDATE: Here PDF) is the motion to censure Marilyn that was proposed and refused, thanks to a reader.

UPDATE 2 (April 7): Latest comments focus on March delegates meeting, among other things.

TEACHER’S UNION VOTES

TO CONDEMN DUNCAN AND WILLIAMS

FOLLOWING SCHOOL CLOSINGS

Vote of No Confidence

Passes

CHICAGO – The

members of the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates today unanimously

passed a resolution condemning both Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne

Duncan and Board President Rufus Williams following last week’s vote

to close, consolidate, phase out and turnaround 19 struggling schools.

The resolution voices

a lack of confidence in the leadership of both Duncan and Williams for

decisions made negatively impacting members of the Union employed within

the school system.

CTU President Marilyn

Stewart has sharply criticized the plan along with many parents, community

organizations and professional educators because it does not offer sound

solutions to improving struggling schools.

“Once again, decisions

have been made by individuals who have never spent a day teaching in

a classroom,” stated Stewart. “What does it say to those who

are entrusted to teach when their experience and input is ignored time

and again? The Board has also completely ignored the important

role of collaboration between management and labor in employment matters

and in doing what is best for Chicago’s children.”

Stewart reminded delegates

that at January’s Board meeting, Williams stated publicly that the

school closure plan was not a “fait accompli.” Stewart said,

“It is obvious by his (Williams) zero participation in public hearings

and the vote last week that everything Duncan and CPS bureaucrats propose

is a done deal.”

On the Monday before

the vote, the Union released a report on what should be done to improve

Chicago schools in addition to bringing in national experts in education

from the American Federation of Teachers in Washington and Ohio.

The report offered one possible solution—the Fresh Start reform initiative

in which the Union and Board are working collaboratively to turn around

struggling schools.

Currently Chicago has

eight Fresh Start schools in which the elementary schools have shown

double-digit gains in the past three years. In addition, the program

has a Peer Assistance and Review component where teachers are rigorously

mentored and evaluated. If they do not meet the program’s standards,

they subsequently may be removed.

The Union intends to

send copies of the resolution to Mayor Richard M. Daley and City Council

members, members of the Board of Education and state legislators whose

districts are within the City of Chicago.

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The Chicago Teachers Union represents

32,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago

Public Schools. CTU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers

and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, is the third largest union

in the country and the largest local union in Illinois.

For further information regarding

this press release and current CTU news, please visit our website at www.ctunet.com.

A RESOLUTION

VOICING LACK OF CONFIDENCE

IN THE LEADERSHIP

OF

CHICAGO BOARD

OF EDUCATION PRESIDENT RUFUS WILLIAMS

AND

CHICAGO PUBLIC

SCHOOLS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ARNE DUNCAN

WHEREAS, the

Chicago Teachers Union is the official bargaining unit for teachers

and paraprofessionals working in the Chicago Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, the

Chicago Teachers Union has entered into a collective bargaining agreement

with the Chicago Board of Education regarding the employment of Union

members in the Chicago Public Schools; and

WHEREAS, Rufus

Williams, as President of the Board of Education, is the senior officer

responsible for policy-making actions that affect the employment conditions

of the members of the Union; and

WHEREAS, Arne

Duncan, as Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Public Schools, is

the senior officer responsible for administrative actions that affect

the employment conditions of the members of the Union; and

WHEREAS, decisions

made by the Board of Education on the recommendation of the administration

of the Chicago Public Schools negatively impact on the members of the

Union who are employed in positions within the Chicago Public Schools;

and

WHEREAS, the

Union has, on numerous occasions during the tenures of Mr. Williams

and Mr. Duncan, been forced to file grievances in order to assure its

members of the rights and privileges afforded them through the collective

bargaining agreement between the Union and the Board of Education; and

WHEREAS, the

capricious and arbitrary manner in which the Chicago Board of Education

has implemented its “Renaissance 2010” program has ignored the important

role of collaboration between management and labor in employment matters,

violating the spirit – and, indeed, the letter in some cases – of

the collective bargaining agreement between the Union and the Board

of Education.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Chicago Teachers Union voice

their lack of confidence in the leadership abilities of Rufus Williams

and Arne Duncan as they relate to their respective roles in the direction

of the Chicago Public Schools; and

BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, that the members of the Chicago Teachers Union condemn Rufus

Williams and Arne Duncan for the blatant disregard they have shown to

their employees, especially as it relates to decisions that have resulted

in teaching and paraprofessional positions being vacated as a result

of school closings under the ill-conceived “Renaissance 2010” plan;

and

BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, that certified copies of this resolution be delivered to Mayor

Richard M. Daley of the City of Chicago, and to Chicago Board of Education

President Rufus Williams, and to Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive

Officer Arne Duncan, and to the Chairperson of the Illinois Education

Labor Relations Board; and

BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, that additional copies of this resolution be delivered to

Members of the Chicago Board of Education, and to Aldermen of the City

of Chicago, and to all members of the Illinois General Assembly whose

districts include portions of the City of Chicago, and

BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, that additional copies of this resolution be delivered to

members of the broadcast, electronic, and print media in the greater

Chicago region.

ADOPTED, by

the Executive Board of the Chicago Teachers Union this fourth day of

March, in the year 2008, and referred to the House of Delegates of the

Chicago Teachers Union for final action at its next regular meeting.

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