Currently, no Delaware charter school teachers belong to any organized teacher unions. As a result, the charter school leaders are able to do whatever they want with teachers and due process is a bit of a joke. This could all change if charter school teachers join the union. I have seen many a charter school teacher fired for no reason other than they disagree with something a charter leader says. Boom! Just like that!
Last night, Red Clay Educators Association President Mike Matthews posted the following on Facebook:
Fascinating story of the day: In our Know Your Contract training today, the always wonderful Laura Rowe provided the attached state law regarding sick leave. We had some good discussion on this topic.
Totally UNRELATED to this morning’s training, I received three messages from charter school teachers who told me that they were told that they can take no more than seven sick days per year and that “the charter trumps state law.” From THREE different sources with the SAME story.
Wanna know their names? No way. My lips are sealed. You see why charter school teachers deserve some due process protections by the union? Constant. State. Of. Fear.
My suggestion to those charter teachers? Your school is breaking the law. Your fellow teachers must band together and take a stand. Solidarity. Strength in numbers. Let’s start organizing now. My number is 302-547-4774.
And any of you charter school leaders reading this who THINK you know who talks to me and you want to try and intimidate them? Think again. Ever since those two op-eds I wrote in The News Journal were published last year, teachers at a dozen charter schools have been regularly coming to me sharing horror stories just like this.
And he posted the following pictures:
When are charter school leaders and boards going to realize they don’t rule the universe? Just because you have a charter doesn’t mean you are immune to state laws and regulations. Charter school teachers deserve the same protection as regular traditional school district teachers. I don’t care what my stance is on charter schools in general, teachers are teachers no matter where you teach. What say you Delaware? Is this something you can get behind? I would love to hear from charter school teachers on this as well, and despite my post last week about a certain employee in the Townsend building, all communications or comments on this blog are confidential unless you play games with me over a long period of time!