She said, he said
I have another story in today's paper about the ongoing dispute between the Baltimore Teachers Union and Andres Alonso/the city school board. Here's a glimpse into the sniping that's going on behind the scenes.
She (Marietta English, BTU co-president) said: The North Avenue mailroom is preventing the BTU from sending mailings out to its members in the schools. Last week, the union was not allowed to send fliers to schools promoting a protest at last week's school board meeting. Since then, the mailroom has again denied a BTU representative access. As a result, the union doesn't have a way of reaching all its members -- and thus has not yet scheduled the general membership meeting where votes of no confidence in Alonso and the school board will be taken.
He (Alonso/the school system) said: There has been no change in procedure (which permits the BTU to use interdepartmental mail to send notices to members), and no one from the union has returned to the mailroom to try to send anything since the problem last week. No one is being denied access.
Hmm.... Could it be that the union is not confident in the outcome of the no-confidence vote?
She (English) said: New York City teachers get more planning time than teachers in Baltimore.
He (Alonso) said: "Are they suggesting that we have the New York contract?" In New York, the contract has eliminated the principle of seniority. Tenured teachers for programs that are eliminated may have to reinterview for their jobs, and if schools don't want them, they can end up becoming substitutes indefinitely.
English and Alonso will appear back-to-back on today's Marc Steiner Show at noon on WYPR. And Alonso is scheduled to speak tomorrow at a union conference. Should make for interesting debate. Meanwhile, check out this nasty rumor reported by the Epiphany in Baltimore blog.