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Title: What can teachers expect in the future? Currently the US Department of Education is encouraging more charter schools.


1
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
    millionSpring, Chapter 6 159-167

2
You are already familiar with Spring, 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.

3
Waiting for SupermanDavis Guggenheim
  • WHAT ARE YOUR REACTIONS??
  • http//www.oprah.com/oprahshow/Viewers-React-to-th
    e-Waiting-For-Superman-Show-Video

4
What is your view of public lotteries for slots?
  • What does it mean to flood the zone

5
What is your reaction to the public lotteries for
slots in charter schools?
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?v0KqT2gR5yLINew
    York Lottery

6
  • 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, 230)
  • Chicago Illinois RAUNER COLLEGE PREP
  • Public schools to use
  • charter school model.

7
Messages in WFS
  • WFS showed no union run charter schools.
  • Solution Fire bad teachers
  • But, teachers account for 10-20 of scores
  • And, environment accounts for 60 of scores
  • WFS Misrepresents NAEP- (Ravitch page 6)
  • 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)

8
Waiting for SupermanDavis Guggenheimhttp//www
.youtube.com/watch?vwT8OlWa5bGo
  • The film stresses these messages.
  • WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    TODAY?
  • Schools work for adults, not children.
  • American public education is a failed system
  • Money is not the problem.
  • Poverty is not the problem.
  • Teachers unions are a barrier to reform.
  • Bad teachers, protected by unions are the
    problem.

9
Myths About Charter Schools
  • Can be closed. (only after contract expires,
    usually five years)
  • Same money as public schools. Most very
    successful charters have additional private
    financial support (SEED 35,000 per student and
    Harlem Childrens Zone 36,000, High Tech High 3
    million from Qualcom)
  • HCZ are same as public schools. But HCZ also
    provides wraparound services (Dutro, 2)

10
Myths About Charter Schools
  • Charter schools are innovative high performing
    schools. A check on HCZ, has schools poor
    performing schools
  • Compare US and Finland. But Finland invests in
    teachers, provides social welfare for children
    and families (lt 5 live in poverty as opposed to
    20-30 of children in US) (Ravitch,
    Darling-Hammond)

11
Myths About Charter Schools
  • Charter Schools attract best teachers. Charters
    have less well trained, lower paid teachers,
    higher teacher turnover (Fine, 11)
  • Charter schools serve parents. But parents have
    no voice in these schoolsno school boards (Fine,
    11)

12
Lecture Write 4
  • In your view, why is union membership down
    significantly in the United States in the past
    four decades, from a high of 26 percent to a
    current level of less than 13?
  • What types of workers (professions) are members
    of the AFL-CIO? (Prize for the highest total
    correct.)
  • Are you planning to join a teachers union when
    you begin your teaching career? ___ Yes ___ No
  • Should public school teachers get tenure?
    ___Yes ___ No
  • Check One
  • Are you in favor of a lock-step system ______
  • OR some kind of merit pay (assessment of
    teaching, student achievement) ________ for
    your salary increases?

13
What types of workers are members of the AFL-CIO?
  • Not sureskilled 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..

14
Unions
15
Daily Illini Story Wednesday, April 5
  • Deadly West Virginia coal mine
  • explosion one-year later By TIM HUBER
  • CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - When 29 men perished in
    a single, powerful explosion at the Upper Big
    Branch mine a year ago, the tragedy stunned the
    nation - but the aftermath was stunning too, both
    for its seismic impact on major players in the
    coal industry and for the absence of any sweeping
    reforms.
  • If there is any good to come from the Upper Big
    Branch tragedy, retired union coal miner Danny
    Vanoy figures it's the end of staunchly
    anti-union Massey and the disappearance of its
    former chief executive officer.
  • "They put the coal before safety," says Vanoy of
    Dorothy, a community a few miles from the mine
    that blew up in Montcoal last April 5. Vanoy
    spent 30 years underground working at union mines.

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17
1947-1952, 1959-1950
18
Wall Street Journal 9-19- 2009
  • 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.

19
  • 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.

20
Service Workersat UIUC
  • 2009 A shift in public opinion can be seen in a
    2009 Gallup poll.
  • Less than half of Americans48approve of labor
    unions, compared with 59 a year before.

21
In your view, why is union membership down
significantly in the United States in the past
four decades?
  • Past responses in my class
  • Negative stigma
  • Government regulations have improved working
    conditions
  • No real benefit from union
  • More job security today
  • Cant afford the dues
  • Economy is better
  • Not informed
  • Unpatriotic
  • Conditions are not as bad today
  • Apathy
  • Lost faith in unions
  • Bad image from aggressive policies

22
Where do unions stand on charter schools?AFT
strongly supports charter schools
  • The American Federation of Teachers strongly
    supports charter schools that embody the core
    values of public education and a democratic
    society
  • equal access for all students
  • high academic standards
  • accountability to parents and the public
  • a curriculum that promotes good citizenship
  • a commitment to helping all public schools
    improve
  • a commitment to the employees' right to freely
    choose union representation.

23
Why do you have to join a unions as a teacher?
  • Fair shareif the bargaining unit serves all
    teachers, then you must join because you will
    receive the benefits.
  • Two main teachers unions
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers
  • Illinois Education Association

24
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
  • IEA
  • AFT
  • Union contracts decide salaries, annual cost
    of living adjustments, pension, incentives,
    tuition reimbursements, health plans, and extra
    pay for extracurricular activities.

25
Randi Weingarten, AFT President (1)
  • Responding to claim
  • You cant fire a bad teacher.
  • Unions protect bad teachers.
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vZQa1Qu2Uec0 (30 s
    ad, 220)
  • http//www.oprah.com/oprahshow/American-Federation
    -of-Teachers-Response-Video
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