The Chicago Teachers Union won a major victory in its battle stop the mass firing of tenured teachers. In June, the Chicago School Board passed a resolution giving schools chief Ron Huberman the power to layoff teachers without regard to the district's collective bargaining agreement with the union.
In the ruling, United States District Judge David H. Coar called on the Chicago Public Schools administration to “rescind the discharges of tenured teachers.” The district then has 30 days to negotiate with the union a set of recall rules. In court, the union held that most of the tenured teachers who were laid off were rated “excellent,” “superior,” or “satisfactory.”
“Chicago Public Schools should stop slurring our teachers, suggesting that those fired somehow were less than exemplary teachers. The court appears to agree – tenure is necessary to academic freedom,” said CTU president Karen Lewis in a statement. (Chicago Catalyst)
Check out Fred Klonsky's blog for more on the court's decision.
|Sunny Neater-Dubow tells my class about the court's ruling against Chicago teacher firings. (M.Klonsky photo)|