Several local charter school teachers say they lost their jobs because they were trying to unionize. They also allege that "I Can" charter schools have less than ideal classroom conditions.We in Wisconsin are not unfamiliar with all the problems associated with privatized schools but it is good to see some of these charter school teachers speaking truth to power. And the unfair labor practices charge will only help to shine the light on the fact that privatizing education is not for the kids or the teachers. It is simply to exploit them to line the pockets of the special interests with taxpayer dollars that could be used to...I don't know...maybe actually educate children.
This would be the first time a charter school has unionized in Northeast Ohio, and there will be a mail-in vote from July 21 to Aug. 4.
In the meantime, the American Federation of Teachers plans to file an unfair labor practices charge against "I Can" Schools accusing the charter of retaliation against nine teachers.
"I was the first one called in, told 'You did a great job but not asked back,' " says former teacher, Abi Haven.
These former teachers also say classroom sizes are too large, there are not enough books, no recess and there is major teacher turnover.
Former special education teachers also say that the needs of children with special needs are not being met adequately.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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