Chicago Teachers Approve “Race” Application
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...
By Hillel Aron | November 1, 2012
Morning Read: More on Grant Money
L.A. Unified and Charter Groups Win Teacher Evaluation Grants L.A. Unified, California’s largest school system, will receive $16 million, one of the largest grants. But the top prize in dollars, more than $23 million, went to the District of Columbia Public Schools, a system less than one-eighth the size of L.A. Unified. LA Times What...
By Hillel Aron | September 28, 2012
How Good Is Chicago Contract?
Last Friday, UTLA put on an event to demonstrate support for the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and held a conference call with CTU delegates who were then still on strike (see Support spreads for CTU Socialist Worker). Excitement among union leaders and rank-and-file teachers was high. Accountability-minded reformers were grumbling that the district had given away too...
By Alexander Russo | September 20, 2012
Morning Read: This Ain’t Chicago
Slim chance for teachers strike in L.A., officials say LA Times: Few observers expect tensions over performance reviews to ignite a strike in Los Angeles, as it did in Chicago, because of myriad differences in conditions surrounding the two cities’ school districts. Group w/ties to Koch Bros drops $4 million on Prop 32 SF Chronicle: Look what just...
By Hillel Aron | September 17, 2012
Morning Read: Zimmer Revising
LAUSD board member Zimmer to revise charter schools proposal after protests Daily Breeze: Los Angeles Unified board member Steve Zimmer vowed Tuesday to revise his controversial charter schools resolution after nearly a dozen speakers and an overflow crowd voiced strident opposition to his plan to study tougher oversight. Defiance: the all-purpose word that drives kids out of...
By Hillel Aron | September 13, 2012