Reconstitution trend cools as boards, unions team up

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the dominant teacher union in urban districts, took umbrage with the blame-the-teacher aspect of reconstitution, but it concedes that drastic reform is sometimes necessary. “If a school is so bad that you wouldn’t send your own kids there, it needs to be shut down and redesigned,” says Janet Bass, in public relations for AFT. “San Francisco and Chicago started badly because they blamed teachers and didn’t use them for input.”

Board bumps reform groups from LSC training

Subsequently, PURE took a dig at Deanes in its own newsletter, juxtaposing his $80,000 salary and a comment he made to the Chicago Tribune in a February 1995 article: “When you bring in new people to the central office who make more money than principals and district superintendents, it sends the wrong message. … give some of those resources to the administrators who are on the front lines.” PURE also warned its readers that much of the information they receive from CPS and the Office of School and Community Relations “is wrong, is calculated to control LSCs.”