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ERIC Number: EJ932774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
A Cauldron of Opposition in Duncan's Hometown: Rank-and-File Teachers Score Huge Victory
Rethinking Schools, v25 n1 p12-17 Fall 2010
In a stunning victory, a group of rank-and-file teachers won election to leadership of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) this past June. Karen Lewis, a high school chemistry teacher, defeated the two-time incumbent president, winning 60 percent of the vote. Lewis led a slate of candidates from the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE), all of whom were swept into office. For the past two years, CORE has led a growing grassroots movement against the school closings, charter schools, and "turnarounds" that are Arne Duncan's Chicago legacy. They now face the daunting task of leading the CTU, which represents more than 30,000 educators--including teachers, clerks, substitutes, and teaching assistants--serving more than 400,000 students. This article presents an interview (conducted by "Rethinking Schools" editors Bob Peterson and Jody Sokolower) with Karen Lewis and Jackson Potter , who is a co-founder of CORE, a high school social studies teacher, and a newly elected trustee of CTU. In the interview, Lewis and Potter share how CORE started and explain how they won the election and their plans for going forward.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois