FEA stands by Chicago teachers
This morning the Florida Education Association issued its resolution of solidarity with the Chicago teachers who have taken to the streets over contract disagreements.
In it, you can see the threads that tie Chicago's strike to the education "reform" debate that has gripped Florida and the nation -- issues including teacher evaluations and the role of unions themselves. See the resolution below. Then consider, how can the politicians and educators get together to meaningfully implement "accountability" without demeaning professionalism or undermining educational needs.
Should Gov. Rick Scott's statement to business leaders (however well meaning you think he is) that "we cannot declare war on teachers and simultaneously ask them to drive our students toward success" be the path that we should be looking down? Read on for the full FEA resolution.
WHEREAS: Chicago parents and teachers have united for better schools; and
WHEREAS: Chicago’s teachers and other school professionals voted to strike on September 10, 2012, to demand a fair contract from the Chicago Board of Education; and
WHEREAS: They also demand that the Chicago Board of Education make every school day better, not just longer by increasing art, music and physical education classes in all schools; and
WHEREAS: There’s a great deal of work to do to create the schools our students deserve, which includes:
• REDUCE CLASS SIZE
• PROVIDE SOCIAL SERVICES CHILDREN NEED
• INVEST IN ALL SCHOOLS
• SUPPORT TEACHERS AS PROFESSIONALS
• STOP CHARTER EXPANSIONS; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Florida Education Association and its affiliates support the actions of Chicago teachers and other education professionals; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED we ask fellow supporters to tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard that you stand with the Chicago Teachers Union, parents and students. Demand smaller classes, a better school day, and a fair contract! Call Mayor Emanuel at 312.744.3300 CEO Brizard at 773.553.1500.