New York charter school teacher fired for organizing
Nichole Byrne Lau, a New York City charter school teacher, has been fired for trying to organize her colleagues. In May, Ms. Lau received a glowing performance report stating that her students were "lucky to have her as a teacher." Now, says she's been fired for distributing information about pay scale discrepancies between teachers in charter and public schools. [NYT]
Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, has taken up Ms. Lau's cause.
As president of the UFT, Weingarten offered repeatedly back an increase in school charters for New York on the condition of labor rights for teachers. Her overtures were been rebuffed.
Update: Steve Gilliard has more on the unions and NYC charter schools.