In a sign of growing teacher discontent at their continual scapegoating for all the ills of public education, a recently formed reform slate of teacher union activists in Newark, New Jersey, won a majority on their local union’s executive board yesterday, losing the presidential spot by only nine votes.
The reform slate won 18 out of 29 seats on the Newark Teachers Union board. Incumbent President Joe Del Grosso, who has led the union since 1995, barely held on to his position, winning 589 to 580. The local’s total membership is around 4,200.
New York’s five-week school bus strike ended today with more than 8,000 union members returning to work—and an uncertain future.