Who To Head Teachers Union? (Does It Matter?)

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The vote is Friday.  The situation is pretty dire.  Who should head the teachers union and -- for all of us not inside the debate -- why does it really matter who runs the organization given its weak influence and long-term infighting?
Rosalind Rossi has the story (here).
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  • Through all this, keep in mind some codes of ethics. Check out both the teachers and school administrators. Are they acting ethically? Here's several codes of ethics that apply:

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/school-administrators-code-of-ethics.html

    AND

    http://www.ethicsoup.com/code-of-ethics-association-of-american-educators.html

  • I believe it makes a lot of difference who wins this election. We're facing a very tough battle against the forces who wish to privatize education. It isn't simply a Chicago problem or even a national problem. If Marilyn Stewart's UPC caucus is reelected, I believe the pace of privatization in Chicago will only increase. We will have less union teachers and more charters. If you believe that a quality public education should be a right in this country, I think CORE is the only way to vote. I can't say if a strike will or won't be necessary to keep our rights, but one thing that's for sure a teacher's union that's willing to fight will be. That's where CORE's passion and experience will make a difference.

    Joe from CORE

  • "Why does it really matter who runs the organization given its weak influence and long-term infighting?"
    The weak influence and infighting is exactly why it does matter who wins. Dont vote for the people who created the weak influence and who continue the infighting.

    Vote Karen Lewis and CORE.

  • It matters! It matters plenty! Stewart is in the process of selling out teachers. UPC has spied on people on First Class and submitted names to the Law Department. UPC has demoralized the union membership. UPC does not allow dissent at the meetings.

    I am voting for PACT. I feel they have experience. I believe that they will fight for the rights of all teachers, unlike UPC. I feel Lynch has passion and is not afraid to put up a good fight.

    At the end, I want no more Stewart! I don't want to deal with her minions and their flunky talking points! I don't want to deal with Mr. Ochoa and his fake reasoning for their actions. I don't want to deal with "Charter schools are not the problem" that Stewart pushes. I want action. I want democracy. I want to be treated like a professional. I want experience. I want a fighter. If you want the same, vote PACT on May 21st.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Lynch was the one who gave away a LOT in her contract negotiations. She's talking a good talk now, but her actions of a few years ago are not forgotten.

  • I'm SEACAUCUS all the way!!! The president appears to be the most knowledgeable about union contracts and issues. No time for one the job training. O've had the opportunity to meet that group personally on 3 occassions. They're well polished and know what they are talking about. I peeped in on the clinicans meeting with the CTU candidates. SEACACUS blew the other groups out of the water with their presentation and knowledge.

  • LOL!

  • more about CORE's age discrimination lawsuit from catalyst here -- i wonder how younger teachers feel about this and whether it makes them lean more or less against CORE

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/index.php/entry/683/In_the_News%3A_CORE_lawsuit_expands%2C_CTU_election_looms

    i also wonder what the turnout for this thing is going to be like. pretty low, right? mostly older teachers, right?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    It isn't an age discrimination lawsuit. The suit was filed because the turnaround policy had adversely affected African-American teachers. Keep in mind, that when you have about 3 or 4 years teaching experience, you're an old teacher because now a first year teacher is already significantly cheaper than you are. The voting is usually set up by the time clock or front entrance meaning a teacher almost has to go out of their way not to vote at most schools.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    YOUNGER teachers better remember that one day they will be the veterans. What goes in / out of the contracts now will eventually affect them, even if it is 10 or 20 years from now. Someone like me with only 3 years to go will have to work much less under the new leadership and new contract than someone in their 20s or 30s. SO they better wake up and take an interest in this election and the Union in general.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Ignoring the "Big Lie" about Lynch, the simple fact is that her contract made it ridiculously easy for principals to fire new teachers and Stewart did no better. I don't think either one deserves the job.

    Ted Hajiharis is a joke. He was supposed to be my field representative when I filed a grievance after being non-renewed at Farragut. I and 9 others had a clear case that the union could have pursued to strengthen the contract and protect jobs. You know, the stuff unions are supposed to do? Anyway, Hajiharis spent more time trying to negotiate ways to get us to DROP our grievances than he did trying to get us a fair hearing. We had to push the issue.

    How about we put some actual working teachers in charge for a while? People who have spent more time trying to educate than consolidating union power and getting personalized license plates (Ted Dallas' "CTU CP"... now that's awkward)

    I support CORE because they have been out there protesting school closures, making noise at board meetings, helping teachers with grievances, and all the other things our union was supposed to be doing.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Whoops.. typo, Ted's license plate reads "CTU VP" Guess that makes more sense - well before he got fired by the union that is.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    I wish there had been a coalition caucus made up of leaders of CORE and PACT. That would have been a winner.

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    CORE has some definite differences with PACT. Many of us also felt there were some serious shortcomings with the Lynch administration to support another bid for President. I think those differences are healthy and an important part of the Democratic process. There are great people in all the caucuses and whoever wins is going to really need the support of the majority of people in this union from all caucuses. CORE is great, but we're not here to save anybody--we can't. We're running because we feel we're the best chance of leading this union to help it save itself. Regardless of who wins, to paraphrase Ben Franklin, "We must all hang together or or assuredly we shall all hang separately we will all hang separately."

  • In reply to QuietObserver:

    Yes, if only ALL the big egos could have stepped back and truly acted in the best interest of CPS employees and formed one group....the UPC would have been bulldozed. Now, we have to wait and see what happens on Friday.

  • In reply to beshoo:

    Well said "Winning Ticket". That's kind of where I was going above. If people can't even get together to take out an awful CTU president, how will they get together after the election?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Well, this is an incredibly biased and uniformed comment. CORE represents a lot more than one lawsuit, which was, btw, filed as a racial, not age, violation. If you have ever been to a meeting, you would see lots of young teachers, those who are committed enough to teaching to try and direct their future. CORE has been endorsed by Teachers for Social Justice.
    I joined before I became a reassigned teacher, recruited by one of the best teachers I know and respect. My job, btw, is not my priority. I joined because, as a mother of a CPS student, CORE seems to be the only caucus speaking on behalf of the students.

  • CORE is a mixed team of experienced and less experienced teachers and PSRPs.

    We have already demonstrated the ability to do education and outreach to members young and old. In order to strike, that education needs to happen.

    As for "real experience" and a proven "track record of fighting Huberman", it's extremely clear who has taken the lead on that. PACT has done a good job of fighting them in court. CORE has fought Huberman, the mayor, the Board, the national policy, and every piece of the anti-educator movement every step of the way. With a discouraging leadership, we have energized the membership to fight.

    I hope we don't have to strike, but we are ready to join 30,000 strong and lead one.

    There is no "Lewis/Sharkey" team, there is a CORE team where we have strong leadership, but everyone is welcome to add their wisdom and insight. Join and vote because you will be heard and you will be engaged and we will win an improved schools system--better working conditions for us and by corollary for the students that we have all sacrificed so much for.

    peace
    xian from CORE

  • Do you mean First Class? The place where Marilyn, Mary McGuire, and Ted Dallas refered the bosses to in order to get fellow Union members in trouble? That place?

  • I honestly don't think I've ever seen a single non-anonymous comment support Marilyn.

    Maybe the 4 comments in a row here are from 4 unique passionate, anonymous, independent teachers. Or maybe they are by the same, non-union, UPC hack.

    But what I can say is that there doesn't seem to be any rank-and-file support for the UPC. So they will operate their machine politics, but I doubt they will win.

    Because if they win, they will continue to attack their own membership and rat us out to the bosses. Have you seen the letters from John Ostenburg to Rachel Resnick thanking her for censoring union members?

    We need a leadership that is not experienced at attacking and destroying the livelihoods of its own members.

    xian from CORE

  • Wow.... Debbie Lynch added 2 whole steps for teachers with more than 30 years. How many teachers did that affect? Let's compare that number to the total number of teachers who got "non-renewed" with the click of a button - teachers who were effectively fired with no justification needed nor any recourse other than to pack your stuff and hopefully find a new job.

    Yeah, Debbie did a fantastic job.

  • In reply to MrSilva:

    The Union neither hires nor fires teachers.

    Under Illinois law, teachers in tenure-track positions work one-year at a time for four consecutive years before they are given a continuing contract (tenure).

    The "click of a button" was simply a new technology for the district not to renew a probationary teacher's contract. The phrase is not in the contract. The Board has always had the right not to renew a probationary teacher.

    Debbie Lynch negotiated the end of the FTB status, which as its name implies was a SUBSTITUTE teacher position, and not a tenure-track position.

    Roughly 5,000 of 7,000 FTBs were placed in tenure-track positions (i.e., probationary teachers). Many of those who were "let go" were later rehired as probationary teachers. (There are a few such teachers at my school.)

    The job protection FTBs had was illusory. If the job class were still around in today's era of budgetary layoffs, an FTB with a decade of service would still be laid off before a PAT-1.

    As Bob of Simeon has written in his posts on this subject, it used to be that white teachers at northside schools had to settle for the FTB status to stay on the north side, and could only be assured of an appointment by transferring to a West- or South-side school. And vice-versa with Black teachers on the S&W sides of town.

    I laud Debbie Lynch's achievement in abolishing the FTB position and forcing the schools to put all beginning teachers into a tenure-track position.

  • In reply to MrSilva:

    I plan to vote for Lynch - never would vote for Stewart. CORE would be my 2nd choice but their constant self promotion is getting really old. If they win, they will be insufferable...talk about ego issues. Plus every new "key" thing they promote and/or take credit for has been done before (read their platform...anything new??? We didn't live in the woods until CORE was hatched.

  • In reply to MrSilva:

    This is so exciting! I am voting for PACT and I have been waiting a long time to vote agains Stewart and her minions!

  • In reply to MrSilva:

    I meant against.

  • Experience smiling for the cameras and blaming the teachers!

  • Those state legislatures that are the problem--aren't they the same ones that we're funding despite constantly pushing an agenda against our interest. How many people who voted to trash our pensions are getting funding from our union dues? It's time for a change. We can't afford to keep sending a check to Springfield and hope somebody else takes care of the problem--we need to start taking action and only supporting candidates who support us.

    Joe from CORE

  • By the time you take into account pension payments and benefits, I'm going to guess that having existing teachers take on more classes is a net plus for the Chicago tax payers.

  • Gee NoBS...if you look at CORE's agenda below you find a long agenda with almost no mention of money (except that money wasted by the Board on turnarounds, charters, etc.) It's almost like we are looking at two totally different campaigns, except that what I'm seeing is in writing. For someone who accuses teachers of being cry babies, your whining is a far louder annoyance.

  • Re: "Core's plan for ctu"

    Your words are empty and contrary to what core is doing. As my nanna used to say "Your actions are speaking so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying."

    Sentiments like bringing all the factions together ring hollow when you look at Core's win-at-any-cost-and-claim-all-the-credit behavior.

    For example, at the February informational picket, core members wore their core buttons and core wardrobe and even made their own core-laden picket signs, rather than identifying themselves with the Chicago Teachers Union.

    And they're doing it again.

    Earlier this month in the House of Delegates meeting, Jackson Potter stood to propose a "massive rally" on the day of the May Board of Ed meeting. He was immediately upstaged by UPC candidate Mary Orr who pointed out the flaw in core's plan to march AFTER the Board of Ed had already taken action and, instead, proposed the rally take place the day BEFORE the Board meeting--which made infinitely more sense. (Should we expect such garbled planning from Core if--heaven forfend--they be elected?)

    Orr further confounded Potter's grandstanding by insisting that marchers wear Union Red in solidarity, rather than identifying themselves by caucus.

    Of course, as Potter has a wont to grandstand, he still requested that the presidential candidates of each caucus give a speech--turning the event into a campaign rather than a show of unity.

    And what do we get from core?

    Large, glossy posters touting the event with the core logo at the bottom. There is no identification that this is a CTU-sponsored march. They just want core to get credit.

    Spare me the empty words and lies about Union solidarity.

    Pfffffft! to Core!

  • In reply to Danaidh:

    Oh, Danny, you poor thing.

    CORE designed and paid for the posters. (It sure is crazy of them to put their own logo on their own posters, huh? How outrageous!) CORE is organizing on the ground and building coalitions in defense of public education. CORE has partnered with natural allies like community organizations, parents, and students in support of the rally. CORE does that through technology, grass roots, and, yes, CORE posters. There's nothing dishonest or deceitful there.

    Members of CORE are also proud members of the Chicago Teachers Union. No one puts CORE ahead of the Union. But, you see, the current CTU leadership is trying to take credit for the rally. And that's ok - there's nothing wrong with that. (They actually sent out a free blast fax.) But, of course, the current leadership hasn't been very effective at organizing rallies. CORE has. Still, everyone knows it is a joint effort. CORE is reaching out to its supporters in the best ways it can - by soliciting support from multiple stakeholders and teachers on the ground.

    The most important thing is to get as many people at the rally as possible, regardless of caucus affiliation, regardless of clothing color choices, regardless of who motivated them to be there. All the caucuses should be out organizing for this important event. And all the caucuses should rally their supporters behind them - under their caucus name even. Go for it! Caucus affiliation does not stand in the way of a unified rally. But, of course, some choose to drag election competitors through the mud over bitter, fictionalized, and petty political issues. And that does stand in the way of unity.

    Spare us.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Oh, great! Another core fanatic who's too timid to sign his name. (Or is it you, JP?)

    "Drag election competitors through the mud?" Hardly. Everything I wrote is factual.

    As the official CTU correspondence about this says, "This is not about a caucus; it's about OUR cause."

    Core doesn't know the difference.

  • "And the complaint of low pay is really a myth. A brand new teacher with no experience comes out making $44,000 for 203 paid days a year packed with 10 paid holidays and 10 vacation days). And that's just a base. And its for working a 6.25 hour day. It equates to $68000 to start per year - before any supplemental pay, like after-school work and summer school." (NoBS)

    How did you arrive at the $68,000? Are you adding the 10 holidays and 10 vacation days into the base salary? If you are, that is incorrect. The 20 days are a part of the base salary. I wish my W-2's reported that much my first year. I earned exactly what Step 1, Lane 1 reported.

    Your numbers do not add up. Please elaborate since I am not a math teacher. Thank you.

  • I believe it because I was there . Why was Lynch voted out if she was so great as Union President? True that we didn't get better with Stewart, but people were fed up with Lynch.

  • Danny

    I am at Bogan ,but spent over a quarter century at Simeon.

    Bob

  • a smidgen of mainstream coverage from the tribune to go along with the sun times story earlier this week.

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/05/teachers-union-president-facing-4-challengers.html?

    not much one way or the other.

  • why does the race's outcome matter? wbez's linda lutton talks to someone about the issue -- but i don't think the story's online yet.

    http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=42105

  • medill's zack koeske gets dirty with it

    http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=164842

  • I received a couple of pieces of campaign literature from UPC today (Where do they get all that money?). I am voting PACT all the way!

    I love recycling. I threw the UPC literature in the TRASH!

  • C'mon. I worked in skilled labor (welding, pipe fitting) for 15 years, ten hour days, often six days a week. Then I did a career change into teaching. Made more lots more money in the blue collar world, but more importantly, the work was WAY easier than teaching. Try BSing someone else.

  • Beyond Tomorrow.

    Well the day is almost here. Tomorrow we will vote for our union officers .
    But whatever the outcome, I predict a PACT, CORE runoff in June. The new officers will not
    Be sworn in till July. Let us look at what could happen in one month.
    If the unimaginable happens and the UPC manage to win we are all literally doomed.
    But in their last month in office this group can cause chaos aplenty. The state budget
    is not set. Give backs and pension raiding for current members are still a very real threat.
    The Meeks bill is on the calendar for next Friday, and the Illinois House returns Monday.
    We all must vote tomorrow and keep our guard up.

  • Okay, sure, but we don't work all year so why give us imaginary pay? Even if we did work all year, most of us would be okay with what we are already making.

  • tribune story on CORE lawsuit re FOIA access to budget info -- a stunt to get in the papers, or a substantive move, or both?

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-cps-information-lawsuit-20100520,0,813048.story

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Russo -- CORE's working with Terry Norton, formerly of BGA, now COG. Clearly substantive. CORE's been hammering for CPS to open its books (and the books of charters) for 2 years now.

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Russo -- CORE's been substantive for over 2 years now. The lawyer was with BGA for 12 years, and now runs COG. This is real. CORE doesn't just want CPS to open the books, they're demanding it in court. CORE's the game changer!

  • labor notes has a story, too

    http://labornotes.org/blogs/2010/05/chicago-teachers-hit-core-issues-union-election

  • got this from a friend..it about says it all

    Although I retired from teaching over two years ago I was compelled to get involved in the current CTU election campaign because the future of the union and to public education will be effected by the results. Many friends and former colleagues have asked my opinion of the five caucuses running in the election so I decided to give you my assessment of the candidates according to the ballot position.

    PACT
    As you know I have been a member of PACT for more than a decade and I worked for CTU when Debbie Lynch was president. I believe that she and her team are the strongest slate and best prepared to protect union members

  • Russo -- CORE has been working for two years to get CPS to open its books -- 3 months to build this lawsuit. It is substantive. Win or lose, CORE will pursue the contract cronyism that surely will be in CPS's budget details. Teachers know. Here's the full story.

    Lawsuit filed against CPS for FOIA violation
    Caucus's move comes day before teachers union election
    By Azam Ahmed, Tribune reporter 4:38 p.m. CDT, May 20, 2010
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, claiming it is in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, contending that it has violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
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    The Caucus of Rank and File Educators alleged in the suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, that it sent formal requests in late March and April for documents and communication relating to next year's district budget, among other things, but has not been given the information.
    The lawsuit states that the district is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, which requires public agencies to respond to such requests within five days of receiving them.
    The district has said the request was unduly burdensome and is seeking a review from the Illinois attorney general's office on how to proceed.
    The complaint comes one day before a hotly contested union election, where CORE is among the most serious challenges to the incumbent president, Marilyn Stewart. The elections

  • RUSSO -- CORE has spent 2 years trying to get CPS to open its books. Today's lawsuit was a concerted 3-month effort and it is substantive. Look at CORE's track record ... they are substantive.

    Lawsuit filed against CPS for FOIA violation
    Caucus's move comes day before teachers union election
    By Azam Ahmed, Tribune reporter 4:38 p.m. CDT, May 20, 2010
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, claiming it is in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, contending that it has violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
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    The Caucus of Rank and File Educators alleged in the suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, that it sent formal requests in late March and April for documents and communication relating to next year's district budget, among other things, but has not been given the information.
    The lawsuit states that the district is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, which requires public agencies to respond to such requests within five days of receiving them.
    The district has said the request was unduly burdensome and is seeking a review from the Illinois attorney general's office on how to proceed.
    The complaint comes one day before a hotly contested union election, where CORE is among the most serious challenges to the incumbent president, Marilyn Stewart. The elections

  • Lawsuit filed against CPS for FOIA violation
    Caucus's move comes day before teachers union election
    By Azam Ahmed, Tribune reporter 4:38 p.m. CDT, May 20, 2010
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, claiming it is in violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act
    A group that is vying for power in Friday's Chicago Teachers Union election has filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education, contending that it has violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
    Get the Chicago Tribune delivered to your home for only $1 a week >>

    The Caucus of Rank and File Educators alleged in the suit, filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court, that it sent formal requests in late March and April for documents and communication relating to next year's district budget, among other things, but has not been given the information.
    The lawsuit states that the district is in violation of the Freedom of Information Act, which requires public agencies to respond to such requests within five days of receiving them.
    The district has said the request was unduly burdensome and is seeking a review from the Illinois attorney general's office on how to proceed.
    The complaint comes one day before a hotly contested union election, where CORE is among the most serious challenges to the incumbent president, Marilyn Stewart. The elections

  • Russo -- CORE is substantive, always has been. They're the game changers. This lawsuit will be followed through all the way, working with one of the top lawyers, Terry Norton of COG, formerly BGA.

  • I am not an educator and I have no horse in this race, but it does seem to me that the CTU has not been doing an effective job of dealing with the school closing and teacher downsizing situations. Where school closings have been staved off it's been due to other groups, not CTU.

    CTU has also not dealt well with their looming pension problem where the state of IL is not going to be making promised payments to it. If CTU gave $$ to state representatives, it would appear that they did not stay bought. The CTU has also failed to substantially challenge hizzoner who is, after all the management side to your worker side. Comity with management is nice, but it doesn't provide job security--which is what a union is supposed to be about.

  • What a Mickey Mouse operation.

  • You are the biggest flunky of all! How dare you say that Marilyn is excluded from any "damage." She is the biggest damage of all. Let see
    1. She has her minions motion to end meetings. In January, one of her running mates motioned to end the meeting before someone could ask a question about her school being turned around. She was practically in tears looking answers. If her buddies want to go home, they should, but not at the expense of the question and answer session!
    2. Her executive board member, Mary McGuire, admitted to turning in people to the Law Department! Who the hell does UPC think they are to do that and to determine what is appropriate on First Class?!
    3. She lied about getting us "the best contract during a bad economic time." You idiot! The contract was signed BEFORE the economic problems!
    4. She does not know how to run a meeting nor how do do an interview. Where did she go after the interview outside of CPS headquarters at our last march? I was there til the end, where did she go?
    5. Passing out literature without her UPC label on it! Her people admit it's hers, but she won't put the label on it.

    Lastly, if you love her so much, put your name on your post you sellout!

  • Well, while we wait for election results, I suppose I could spend some time answering this. I have a hard time staying out of conversations where someone is attacking students' intelligence and ability.

    NoBS' manufactured outrage aside, I think the best way to address the impact of student involvement is to ask students and parents how they feel about being involved.

    The opinion of some anonymous poster on the internet about how parents and students should feel about making their own choices to be involved in activism is a distant second.

    It's strange to me that we are always told that "every child can learn", but when students demonstrate their own ability to improve our community, schools and society at large, suddenly people are looking for the puppet strings. We should be proud of our students and educators who are becoming active. To me, these actions foster great hopes for pulling our city and educational system out of a downward spiral.

    As for the specific issues around the budget, I don't think "NoBS" has much of a handle on the topic There's a lot of hand waving and not many facts in the post. For example, "If there were no charters, we'd probably just spent the money on teachers" is wildly incorrect and fails to acknowledge the multiple ways that money is spent in charter schools with little positive effect even with the creaming of students that occurs with much charter school recruitment.

    With the budget, there are two issues here:
    1) There is a tremendous amount of waste in the CPS budget.
    2) There is a opaqueness that makes it difficult to nail down some sections.

    For example, in testing, the IDS set-up has been a massive waste of resources and instructional time, and between the budget being vague and the lack of FOIA compliance, it's hard to break down further exactly how wasteful.

    Finally, I fail to see how wanting to learn more about the budget or anything about the school system is ever bad.

    The type of cynicism on display above--whether calculated or genuine--is the main danger in keeping our union divided after the election. We must look at the concrete acts and impacts of each others' choices rather than assuming the worst of each other and attacking.

    Thanks. I hope to see you all soon.
    xian from CORE

  • Here we go again

    When I left Bogan yesterday the sealed ballot box was still on the counter in the office
    that was at 3pm. The post from CTU about traffic and weather is pure bull.

  • Good morning! The remaining votes are the non-slate votes.

    Hope everyone had a good night! Thanks to everyone who participated and worked so hard--on to the next work--Tuesday's combined CTU action and the June 11th run-off.

    xian from CORE

  • Almost

    Well I predicted a PACT CORE runoff so I was half right. Even though I backed PACT
    The voters have spoken. Now I will support CORE.

  • We would need to push the Illinois Legislature to vote on and vote in the repeal of the Amendatory Act of 1995. Parts of it both give Daley mayoral control and prevent us from bargaining on class size.

    xian from CORE

  • In reply to xian:

    This should be a priority, one that I support as a teacher, taxpaying Chicago resident, and PARENT!

  • CORE and others involved in the struggle know that keeping schools from closing was a true team effort resulting from critical alliances with teachers, PSRPs, administrators, Union members, parents, students, churches, community organizations, and others. This is the real power of CORE - its ability to activate, mobilize, and partner with multiple education stakeholders.

    The power of the CTU lies not just in its sleeping giant membership of 30,000, it also resides in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of Chicago citizens with a vested interested in the improvement of publicly funded public education in the city of Chicago.

    All for one and one for all is a far more powerful strategy than the alternatives of CTU's recent past of isolationism, selfishness, and negativity.

  • Thanks to everybody for their support. I joined CORE only in October because I could no longer stand on the sidelines and I had to do something to take back this union. I was overjoyed last night to see over 2/3 of the Union felt the same way. I am sure that mudslinging will continue by a few. Some of them will be UPC hacks trying to stir up trouble. Others will simply be fearful that change is coming and change is scary. However, when I see the strength of so many people at so many schools saying enough is enough, I feel beyond confident that we are moving in the right direction. Let's make the May 25th rally the beginning of a new era for the Chicago Teacher's Union and the Chicago Public Schools. There's a better way of doing things if we all work for it.

  • I started the signature of "from CORE" because I was proud of what we were doing as a caucus. I am not in any sort of leadership position in the caucus; nor was I encouraged to sign in this way. Several other people started doing it too--probably for the same reasons. There was never a conversation about it.

    I have no idea what group you may spend time in, but perhaps you are used to a totalitarian structure and as a result assume that other organizations are similar.

    What I can say is that it's nice to be able to be proud of being part of an organization. I'm proud to be a teacher and I'm proud to be a member of CORE. I'm also proud to be a member of CTU. But when it comes down to it, I'll always feel proudest to be a critical voice in any of those groups when it is the right thing to do.

    xian from CORE (not anonymous from ?????) :)

  • You're right. CORE should have taken on the task of fighting for public education and redefining and reinvigorating Union membership under the cover of darkness. And they certainly should have run in the election anonymously. Geez, what the heck were they thinking?

    Like Xian, I'm proud to be a member teacher, proud to be a member of the CTU and proud to be a member of CORE. Wait, no, I mean, um...proud to be a member of the anonymous caucus!
    : )

  • An observation on what is wrong with the Chicago Public Schools:
    157 comments on the union election. 2 comments on reading scores being stagnant since 2002.
    Says alot..

  • In reply to retiredtoo:

    What exactly does it say to you?

  • In reply to AlexanderRusso:

    Is it not obvious? This blog on education is primarily a vehicle for teachers. CPS teachers find no need to talk about achievement but find an overwhelming need to talk about thwir union representation. Maybe when these CPS teachers start serious cconversations about student performance we will see scores improve. Now, apparently, they are obsessed with their contract.

  • In reply to retiredtoo:

    Or maybe we are breaking ourselves 40-90 hours a week working with our students and instead of taking the few hours we have a week off to watch TV or eat pie or comment on a set of scores that we may or may not believe in, we spend it worrying about the most important union election in decades?

    xian from CORE

  • In reply to retiredtoo:

    I guess you should read the posts again, most teachers have been posting about building a solid union that is about transparency, inclusion and supporting the real needs of the children. We also talk on how mayor Daley runs the schools like any department in city hall. CORE has asked that CPS open the books according to the law. No matter what political or philosophical belief you hold, as a tax payer, we all deserve to see the books opened, better having a forensic audit. As teachers, we would like to be treated as professionals. In terms of building professional capacity, CPS has failed miserably. In real world high performing school districts, professional development is embed into the day and week with considerable more time. We would love to have CPS enlarge the instructional time since at present, students are cheated from instruction and teachers lack time to collaborate. Huberman has no clue and Daley likes it like that.

  • i'm told that lynch et al will issue a statement about their support tomorrow after the class size event. does it matter to you who they throw their support behind?

  • Plus, we have to respect our students privacy. It is not for us to publicly debate our kids test scores. Please, I implore you to log off the computer and read a book with your child(ren) if you are a parent. That is the biggest help that teachers can have to increase scores. Show your child(ren) that YOU value reading and they will too.

  • In reply to judgejury81:

    One more thing-If you don't have any books go to Reading A-Z for children in the primary grades. There are several free books to read online. You can also find many ebooks just by Google-ing them. Scholastic also has a good website for reading. Have your high schooler read the newspaper online and tell you what the stories are about. There are many ways to up those scores, but the love of reading has to come from home first.

  • In reply to judgejury81:

    Sorry for the thread hijack. I will post the same on the reading thread.

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