DISTRICTS: Why Not Weigh In On Charter Unionization?
I was surprised to read at Progress Illinois that the Chicago Public Schools are staying so far out of the debate over recognizing charter school teachers at three CICS charter schools (An Update On The Charter School Union Drive). Lawmakers who sent a letter to CPS chief ROn Huberman also noted the Board's strange silence on the issue. (WBEZ's Linda Lutton has the letter here.)
I would have thought that districts like Chicago and New York would have actively and openly opposed charter unionization, since they've been trying to create more charters and contract schools under Ren10 and haven't generally been pro-union. Especially in Chicago, where the teachers union is so weak. Maybe they're fighting the unionization efforts behind the scenes, maybe they just haven't been asked about their position on the issue, or maybe there's some angle I haven't thought of yet. Ideas?