- Educators at CICS ChicagoQuest Demand Union Recognition
Teachers and staff at CICS ChicagoQuest announced today that they want a collective voice in their school community. 32 of the 33 educators at CICS ChicagoQuest declared that they are organizing a union at their school to strengthen the relationships between the school, teachers, school management, and other stakeholders to ensure student-centered policies.Read More
- Statement on New Charter Proposals for 2014
Why We Oppose CPS' Policy of Closing Neighborhood Schools to Open New ChartersChicago ACTS opposes Chicago Public Schools’ overuse of charter schools to advance privatization and calls for a denial of all new charter applications.
After closing 50 neighborhood schools due to “underutilization” this summer, CPS is attempting to open 21 new charter schools, often in the very communities where schools were recently closed. The role originally envisioned for charter schools was to give public educators an opportunity to supplement and advance the work of traditional public schools in an innovative setting. In Chicago, however, the board has been using them to replace neighborhood schools entirely, and at great expense.
Coverage by Catalyst Chicago: Charter schools propose big expansionRead More
- 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