- Fall 2013 Professional Development
Our Charter School Teacher Professional Development program continues through October with two more exciting workshops, Differentiating Instruction Using Choice Boards and Tiered Lessons and Activating Learning in All Disciplines.
These workshops are open to all charter school educators, offer 3 CPDUs and are FREE!Read More
- Back to School for Labor
The fight for union recognition at Philadelphia’s Olney High School shows the challenges of organizing charter schools.
Most people wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to attend a three-hour meeting after work hours. But on May 29, the board meeting of ASPIRA of Pennsylvania, a non-profit that runs four charters schools in Philadelphia, was packed with teachers, students, and other staff members. Holding signs that read “Let’s Work Together,” a group of 30 from the Olney Charter High School quietly sat through the last board meeting of the academic year, waiting to hear if ASPIRA would continue to resist their efforts to unionize.
The public-comment period didn’t begin until 9:00 p.m., with a strict two-minute limit for every speaker. Olney staffers got around the rule. Instead of rushing through their own remarks, each speaker read a few paragraphs from a co-authored statement. Olney employees emphasized their desire to work with the administration and asked ASPIRA to stop fighting their unionization drive. The speech’s final line: “We look forward to working with you.” Members of ASPIRA’s board sat, looked down at the table or shuffled papers, and avoided eye-contact with the teachers.Read More
- A Message from the Executive Board: CPS School Closings
As professional teachers who have dedicated our lives to educating the children of Chicago, the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff strongly condemns the mayor’s decision to destroy 54 public schools. We consider it no coincidence that this number is so near the number of new charters proposed (61), and we suspect the true motivation is to facilitate a land-grab for the benefit of the corporate education reform movement. Whether the motivation is greed, total ignorance of best educational practices, the arrogant attitude that the ultra-wealthy know what is best for everyone else’s children, or some combination of the above, it doesn’t really matter: as educators, it is obvious to us that this unprecedented, undemocratic, and radical school closing action will not give Chicago’s young people the schools they deserve and will in fact greatly diminish the quality of education they receive.
- Another Big “Yes” in NLRB Charter School Election
After two years of jurisdictional battles, the teachers at Latino Youth High School, a charter school in Chicago, were finally able to vote on a union yesterday. The 10-1 balloting provided an overwhelming “yes” for unionization.Thus the stage was set for this week’s NLRB-run election at Latino Youth. It was the second charter school election run by the NLRB since December. Outcomes of both elections were strongly pro-union. Read More
The commitment of LYHS teachers was never in doubt; they had filed cards with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in September 2011, and the public labor board had certified their union. But the charter school’s management organization appealed to the National Labor Relations Board even as the NLRB was considering a similar challenge from another charter school in Chicago. In a seminal finding last December, the NLRB ruled that charter schools may be considered private sector employers.
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