The following comes from the Illinois Federation of Teachers as parents and teachers from IFT, IEA, & CTU "unite against State Board of Education plan to remove class size protections for students with disabilities."
Chicagoans braved the bitter cold Tuesday night to speak out at community hearings held by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) regarding proposals for 21 new privately-run charter schools. Progress Illinois provides a snapshot of the hearings.
Thirty-three out of the 34 staff members at the “game-like learning” junior high school, which centers its curriculum around systems-thinking and game design, announced publicly last month that they want to unionize in order to have a legal voice and actively participate in the school community's decision-making processes.
The charter school's staff are organizing a union "to negotiate a legally-binding contract with consistent, fair and public guidelines for evaluation, support and pay that will serve both to retain and recruit qualified and experienced teachers," the ChicagoQuest faculty members said in their mission statement delivered to school leaders last month.
Gov. Pat Quinn's pick for lieutenant governor Paul Vallas is expected to remain on the job as Bridgeport, Connecticut's school superintendent until March 1, according to his resignation letter dated December 31, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.