CCSS, Karen Lewis, CTU, Michelle Gunderson, Randi Weingarten, AFT: How are these linked? What does it all mean? Mercedes Schneider connects all of these by letting us see what happened, when it happened, and who was involved.
The results of these momentous decisions are of tremendous importance for public education nationwide. The repercussions will be felt for decades to come.
On May 7, 2014, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) passed a resolution against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
That evening, I wrote this post and included my own experience and conversations on Lewis’ position on CCSS. In the post, I figuratively note that this is now a battle between Lewis and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who has stated that if it comes down to AFT constituency rejection of CCSS and keeping CCSS at the AFT convention in July 2014, she plans to keep CCSS.
Though I metaphorically describe the battle as being between Weingarten and Lewis, I know from my interactions with Lewis that she is a union president who serves her constituency. Unlike Weingarten’s dealings with AFT members, Lewis does not try to force CTU membership into the mold of her top down choice.
On May 10, 2014, fellow blogger Anthony Cody posted a…
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