Teacher friends. I was appointed as a Chicago Teachers Pension Fund Trustee in July. I am running for a full 3 year term in November. Here is an article I wrote for the Chicago Union Teacher about our pension fund. It is my goal to continue the great work that has been done the last 9 years.
CTPF must grow and protect our pensions, but must do so without hurting the students we serve, their families and communities, as well as our own members and the communities where they live and work. We also must avoid investments that hurt public education through privatization and disinvestment in public schools and school communities, and that have adverse effects on working people.
I hope you will vote for me and Gervaise Clay for the two 3 year terms and Jacqueline Price Ward for the 1 year term. We will work as a team with the other Trustees and CTPF to protect our hard earned pensions.
CORE's Michelle Gunderson published this article in Living in Dialogue
By Michelle Strater Gunderson. Originally published in Living in Dialogue March 5, 2015
I recently had an epiphany while listening to Melissa Katz, a wonderful student activist from New Jersey, talk about corporate education reform on the radio. When speaking about the swift and drastic changes in education based on implementation of Common Core and aligned tests she used the word upheaval.
Upheaval. Think about it. Is this what you are experiencing in your school setting?
The roll out of Common Core standards, aligned tests such as PARCC and Smarter Balance, and new punitive evaluations has produced what I call the Triumvirate of Upheaval. The combination of all three has disrupted almost every school in our country.Read more
By Michelle Strater Gunderson. Published on Living and Dialogue Site on Feb. 28, 2015
“What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.” John Dewey
Last week the Local School Council at Nettelhorst Elementary School in Chicago voted unanimously to write a letter of opposition to the PARCC exam, and gave permission to the parent/teacher organization to distribute testing opt out information to all families.Read more
By Michelle Gunderson. First Published in Living in Dialogue August 4th, 2014
What would our city look like if it were run by Chicago teachers alongside other labor and community groups? This was the thought that kept running through my head as we gathered to support the launch of the new United Working Families political organization in Chicago.Read more
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