Chicago Charter School Teachers Join Union
by James Park, Jun 22, 2009
“Teachers at three Chicago charter schools voted overwhelmingly last week to join the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS), an affiliate of the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and (AFT).”
This is not only historical but a low blow to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Arne Duncan was the former Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools. Arne Duncan was responsible for getting charter started in Chicago.
Unions, charter schools, and the Arne Duncan National School System
“If Arne Duncan accomplished anything in Chicago besides avoiding the potholes in Hyde Park, it was the establishment of a handful of charter schools. The core value of the charter school is its freedom from union structure and restrictions. However, just last week the teachers at the three campuses of the Chicago International Charter School (CICS), voted to unionize. There were rumors and reports of increasing teacher workloads, larger and larger class sizes, and high personnel turnover in the magic kingdom of the charter schools. Furthermore, there is a bill sitting on the governor’s desk that would make it easier for charters to go union. Duncan’s school reform may have the same effect on us as Chinese food; we’ll be hungry again in an hour.”