John Green teaches world history at Castro Valley High School in California and is president of the Castro Valley Teachers Association.
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Sunday, September 30, 2012
Teachers’ Unions and Social Justice
From 1968 until their last strike in 1987, the Chicago Teacher's Union lead eight strikes that won smaller class sizes, medical benefits, sick leave, and more preparation time. But for nearly 25 years the combativity of the union declined, capped by their failure to lead a concerted campaign against Arne Duncan’s disastrous “Renaissance 2010” plan that slated some100 schools for closure, predominately in Black neighborhoods, and converting many to non-union charter schools or military academies.