What can teachers expect in the future? Currently the US Department of Education is encouraging more charter schools. 2009 5,000 charter schools (725 for profit) Now serve over 1 million students US National School Population: 49 million Spring, Chapter 6 159-167.
2009 5,000 charter schools (725 for profit)
Now serve over 1 million students
US National School Population: 49 millionSpring, Chapter 6 159-167
DEFINITION Charter Schools are:
Exempt from significant State and local rules that inhibit flexibility
Free public schools
Schools of choice and select students based on lottery
Guided by specific objectives
Compliant with anti-discrimination laws
Required to take state tests
Run by public or private groups
AIMS Aim of charter schools is to foster innovation in teaching, curriculum and school organization.
WHAT ARE YOUR REACTIONS??
AIM Aim of charter schools is to foster innovation in teaching, curriculum and school organization.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w1b-8FV2qI (30 s ad, 2:30)
Chicago Illinois RAUNER COLLEGE PREP
“Public schools to use
charter school model.”
Proficiency means B
Basic level means C grade level
25% students below basic nationally
Solution: Close bad schools. Kirshner, Geitner, Pozzoboni (2010) found students dropout or have lower achievement when local schools are closed. (Dutra, 5)
The film stresses these messages.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS TODAY?
Not sure—skilled workers or unskilled workers?
Most students say: blue collar workers, unskilled workers, construction workers, auto workers, civil service workers, and teachers
Who are the MEMBERS??: Pilots, Nurses, Artists, Actors, Musicians, Postal Workers, Teachers, Railroad Signalers, Farm Laborers, School Administrators, State/County/Municipal Workers, Fire Fighters, Police, Bricklayers, Longshoremen, Machinists, Mine Workers, Steel Workers, Seafarers, Air Traffic Controllers, Bakery Workers, Government Employees, Transit Workers, Bridge Workers, Professional Athletes…..
Deadly West Virginia coal mine
explosion one-year later By TIM HUBER
Sometime over the last few decades, the union movement has drifted from the mainstream.
The AFL-CIO in the 1980s backed Poland's Solidarity and stood with Ronald Reagan against the Soviets.
Such a position seems impossible in today's political climate. Detroit's collapse created an additional image problem for the unions, whose deals over the decades helped make the Big Three uncompetitive.
AFL-CIO wants to reverse a decades-long drop in membership, now down to 12.4% of the American work force. That's a third the level in the 1950s.
The 57 unions (with 11 million members in all) under the AFL-CIO umbrella aren't doing enough to attract the young and professionals, and to build truly global unions.
2009 A shift in public opinion can be seen in a 2009 Gallup poll.
Less than half of Americans—48%—approve of labor unions, compared with 59% a year before.
Past responses in my class:
Government regulations have improved working conditions
No real benefit from union
More job security today
Can’t afford the dues
Economy is better
Conditions are not as bad today
Lost faith in unions
Bad image from aggressive policies
The American Federation of Teachers strongly supports charter schools that embody the core values of public education and a democratic society:
Fair share—if the bargaining unit serves all teachers, then you must join because you will receive the benefits.
Two main teachers’ unions:
Most teachers contracts reward teachers for longevity, each year of additional experience brings a raise. A masters degree, brings an average of a $5,000 raise in base pay.
98% of Illinois School Districts have contracts negotiated by bargaining units—
Union contracts decide salaries, annual cost of living adjustments, pension, incentives, tuition reimbursements, health plans, and extra pay for extracurricular activities.
Responding to claim:
You can’t fire a bad teacher.
Unions protect bad teachers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQa1Qu2Uec0 (30 s ad, 2:20)