I can’t imagine the rank and file voting against ratification of the contract that CTU and CPS have come to agreement on, but there are at least a few teachers who apparently aren’t super excited about it. One of them, an anonymous commenter over at Catalyst, writes about voting against the contract and a provision I’ve never heard of that would allow principals to ding teachers despite them having received satisfactory ratings. “I’m voting no on contract. I love karen lewis but when two satisfactories equals an unsatisfactory in our contract, I’m voting no. If a principal is honest yes. But this is a way for a principal to get rid of you with a clean conscious [sic]. And on top of it getting a developing blacklists you out of cps pretty much. A rubric is a rubric not an exact science..it can be toyed with for good or bad. All that part about bullying principal will mean nothing when you check the application prompt that asks you are non renewed. I think many teachers will lose their livelyhoods[sic]. Tbd”
First off, is this true about the new contract — that teachers with satisfactory ratings can be deemed unsatisfactory some other way? Second, is there any real surge of concern among teachers about the contract, which CTU and most observers seem to have deemed to be pretty damn good.