WTU: A Company Union?

T. Byrd, Elizabeth (Liz) Davis, Matthew Frumin on June 6 Education Town Hall
T. Byrd, Elizabeth (Liz) Davis, Matthew Frumin on June 6 Education Town Hall
“I have watched WTU [Washington Teachers Union] become a company union,” Elizabeth (Liz) Davis, candidate for WTU president, says on the June 6 edition of The Education Town Hall.

Other challenges Davis finds facing the union: “DCPS [DC Public Schools] has one of the highest principal and teacher turnover rates in the nation.” Moreover, “the union has not done a good job of promoting collaboration between teachers & parents….We don’t have a vision.”

Davis continued the discussion begun with Candi Peterson, candidate for vice president, on the May 30 edition.

In addition to challenges for teachers and the union itself, Davis claimed irregularities in notification of members and in changes to election procedures.

The Education Town Hall is broadcast Thursdays at 11 a.m. (Eastern) on We Act Radio (WPWC 1480 AM in DC, http://www.WeActRadio.com). Full recordings are archived for later discussion and sharing.

Matthew Frumin, another guest of the June 6 Education Town Hall, joined the discussion.

“I just ran in an election [for DC Council] where there was a candidates’ forum every day — sometimes more than one in a day — Where are the forums for this election?” Frumin asked, noting the serious and sweeping issues facing DC schools and the importance of the Union voice on those issues.

Listen to the complete interview.

Davis and Frumin also joined the conversation with Erikson Early Math Collaborative in the show’s second segment.

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