Chicago Teachers Approve “Race” Application
Hillel Aron | November 1, 2012
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Not too far removed from the seven-day strike that captured the nation’s attention in September, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has signed off on the district’s Race to the Top application.
“Chicago — one of the most militant teachers unions in country — sees the light of day, and UTLA is still hiding under a rock,” noted Los Angeles-based Democratic political consultant Mike Trujillo.
However, it is not yet clear whether the as yet-unannounced Chicago agreement resembles the Los Angeles proposal in all its key details.
Meanwhile, a group of community leaders, including Elise Buik of United Way and Ama Nyamekye of Educators 4 Excellence sent a letter to the union head urging him to reconsider: “There is nothing controversial about these services,” noted the letter. “Indeed, our schools have viewed these resources as scarce luxuries in this harsh economic climate.” (Read the whole letter here.)
However, teachers in Chicago agreed to sign the support letter “after much back-and-forth with the district,” according to Stephanie Gadlin, a CTU representative.