In March the teachers from both schools issued a joint statement announcing its intentions to decertify. Nary a peep was heard from the UFT in reaction. The same UFT shouts from the rooftops with press releases when teachers decide to join its union. Instead, the UFT is arguing before PERB to block the decertification effort at KIPP, even as its Edwise blog insults those teachers by claiming they somehow were organized by KIPP management, as though grown-up faculty can't make their own decisions.
Interestingly, the KIPP teachers decided this move last March -- before the UFT-NYSUT supported funding freeze on charter schools was adopted in the state budget. That anti-charter move is all the more reason to drop membership from any kind of union taking such a harmful position.
If the "freedom of assembly" means anything in the state and federal constitutions, PERB must honor the requests of these teachers to "assemble" apart from the UFT. That UFT refuses to accept the wishes of KIPP teachers is shameful, and a typical, unceasing power-play.
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