Unions: TFA Debate Spreads To Chicago
No one likes to pay much attention to Chicago -- so far away! so humid! so corrupt! -- but, following several other districts where TFA has become a flashpoint, Chicago teachers union president Karen Lewis today called for the board of education to terminate its TFA contract, which calls for 200 new corps members to be placed this fall. So maybe that's enough to grab some attention. Or not. The union and district are in contract negotiations, and the district faces a large budget gap. Citywide teaching coaches have already been fired, and the district has threatened to lay off hundreds more -- some of them according to performance rather than seniority. Click here to download Lewis' fiery union rhetoric.