Status quo (mostly) for the BTU
As we reported in today's paper, Marietta English overwhelmingly won re-election to another term as president of the Baltimore Teachers Union's teacher chapter. As in previous elections, only a small percentage of the union's members voted in the election: about 1,000 of 8,000. Is that because teachers think she's doing a good job or because teachers are disengaged from the union?
One change that is significant is the election of Aileen Mercado to one of four member-at-large positions. I followed Aileen for the 2005-2006 school year as I wrote a series about the experiences of the Filipino teachers here. She is someone who works tirelessly on behalf of her students and her fellow Filipino teachers without regard for politics. During our year together, the Filipino teachers' first in Baltimore, they were not made to feel welcome by the union. Ms. English, who asked Aileen to run as part of her slate, said she's trying now to make up for a past mistake. In an email to supporters this morning, Aileen wrote, "This is indeed a breakthrough for the Filipino teachers of Baltimore City."