It seems like only a short time ago I was at my national teacher union convention speaking for a more aggressive approach to organizing charter school teachers.
While I still have friends who believe that organizing the unorganized it tantamount to approval of charter schools, that view seems to have been in retreat in the face of successful organizing drives, particularly in Chicago by the CTU and their former (now merged) ChiACTS charter teacher affiliate.
If the recent successful strike by Chicago Acero charters teachers didn’t put the final nail in that argument’s coffin I’m not sure what could.
The February Chicago mayoral election will be another opportunity to give charters a further shellacking.
Chicago can elect an anti-charter mayor. The pro-charter Rahm has been a main obstacle to passing a bill stripping the state’s Charter Commission of its power to overrule local home rule authority to deny charter applications.
Several candidates have come out as opposed to charters schools: Lori Lightfoot, Tony Preckwinkle, Ja’Mall Green and Amara Enyia among them.
Paul Vallas would be an obvious choice.
Or Maybe Bill Daley.
Current Illinois State Comptroller and leading mayoral contender Susana Mendoza has a pro-charter record as a legislator including in 2009 as a co-sponsor of SB612, which doubled the number of charter schools in Illinois.
When Mendoza ran for Chicago City Clerk, some argued she was the candidate of UNO (which gave birth to Acero charters). She kicked off her campaign at an UNO school, surrounded by UNO stalwarts. She’s got a grand from the d’Escoto window operation.
You remember Fred d’Escoto from the scandal involving UNO head and Rahm election co-chair Juan Rangel.
Now WalMart is looking for a a best choice charter candidate to back. They will have no trouble finding someone.