After voting to join the United Federation of Teachers more than a year ago, middle-school teachers at a KIPP charter school in Brooklyn want out of the union, The union plans to fight the decision at KIPP AMP, claiming teachers were “intimidated” by KIPP management.
Sixteen staff members signed the petition, including classroom teachers, social workers, the dean of teaching and learning, an operations manager, and the office manager.
When they first voted to unionize, teachers at KIPP AMP said they wanted to “create a more sustainable culture so that we can better serve our students and reduce teacher turnover.” At least three teachers who had formed the initial organizing committee at the school are now signing the petition to break from the union. One is Kashi Nelson, a classroom teacher who also sends her daughter to KIPP AMP and who explained her reversal to Alexander Russo last year.
To state the obvious, this is a big loss for the UFT.
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