May 21 election results show CORE has won high schools, many AFT/IFT convention delegate positions

CORE, the Caucus of Rank and File Educators, has won at least six seats on the Chicago Teachers Union executive board, according to the final vote count posted on the CTU website. The school-by-school results from the May 21, 2010 Chicago Teachers Union election were finally posted on the CTU website at about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, five days after the voting was over. While analyses of the data are still continuing and the data has been provided in a format (PDF) that makes is somewhat difficult to sort, the results for the high schools show that CORE candidates have won an absolute majority in the races for the six positions for "high school functional vice president" (seats on the executive board representing the high schools proportionately).

Xian Barrett (above at microphone) spoke to the April 28, 2010, meeting of the Chicago Board of Education accompanied by CORE leaders Karen Lewis (left), Jay Rehak (in background) and Michael Brunson (right). Xian Barrett, who teaches Japanese at Julian High School, was one of six winner from the CORE slate in the election for executive board seats in the Chicago Teachers Union election held May 21, 2010. Barrett received 2,353 votes, in a race where the total number of votes cast did not exceed 4,400. Candidates are required to receive a majority of the votes to win for each office, so there will be a runoff on June 11 for the seats that are not yet decided (including those being contested by Karen Lewis, who is running for president, and Michael Brunson, who is running for recording secretary). Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.An examination of the high school data now available at the CTU website ( shows that the average PACT candidate had 670 votes; the average UPC candidate had 720 votes; the average CSDU candidate had 390 votes; the average SEA candidate had 180 votes; and the average CORE candidate had 2,350 votes. The averages give the CORE candidates for HS functional VP a majority, meaning that the runoff in the city's high schools will only be for the citywide offices.

The victorious CORE high school candidates for the executive board seats are:

Sean Barrett (Julian HS)

Valerie Collins

Lois Jones (Schurz HS)

Joseph McDermott (Crane HS)

Adria Mitchell (Payton HS)

Zulma Ortiz (Kennedy HS)

Zulema Ortiz (Kennedy High School) speaking out at the CORE planning meeting on May 24, 2010. Zulema Ortiz has won one of six seats on the CTU executive board as a high school funcational vice president and will not face a runoff on June 11. Substance photo by Garth Liebhaber.Substance continues to analyze the information that is currently being provided by the CTU on the website, but can make no assurances as to its accuracy, since the information was not provided to the members of the canvassing committee or the official observers prior to the count, which was held on May 21 - 22, 2010 and resumed and completed on May 24, 2010.

Crane High School's Joey McDermott (above at the January 8, 2010 CORE forum at Malcolm X College) has won a seat on the CTU executive board as a high school "functional vice president" and will take office on July 1, 2010. McDermott is a teacher and union delegate at Crane High School. Substance photo by Daniel C. Schmidt.[Full disclosure: George N. Schmidt, editor of Substance, was an official CORE observer at the vote count on May 21 - 22 and May 24, 2010].


May 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM

By: David


Indeed! The numbers do show a roughly 54% majority for CORE re: High School VPs. I guess the CTU missed that when they claimed ALL positions will be re-run on June 11. Somebody better point it out to them before our dues money is wasted printing incorrect ballots.

Now if they'll only release the remaining data sets, we'd have something close to actual disclosure.

May 25, 2010 at 10:01 PM

By: George N. Schmidt

Close examination necessary now

Once I saw the high school numbers today, I realized why they were so desperate to railroad their "report" last night at AAA. Now that everyone can read the actual numbers (although I'm still waiting for the PSRP part), it's clear that the full report should have been given to everyone on the canvassing committee — and all observers — before we left AAA last night.

The ballots for the runoffs have not yet been printed. Theoretically, the canvassers and observers from the May 21 election should have been given all the results — all — before the UPC railroad ran us down last night. But now that the numbers are out, it's easy to see why they didn't want to release the truth 24 hours ago (as I write this).

What's somewhat disturbing is that AAA signed off on that little bit of deviance. They had all of the numbers by then, and yet the three pieces of paper that we were told were all that we were going to get were basically approved by AAA.

That now raises some serious questions that have to be answered as well. AAA could have provided other options — but they did not.

May 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

By: jose castillo -morales



May 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM

By: Theresa D. Daniels

How culpable is AAA for the election malfunctions?

It's imperative that questions are answered by AAA as to why the final vote tally information was not provided to all of the caucuses, but in effect only to Marilyn Stewart's UPC.

It's also unclear to me how they would leave 35 or 36 (you hear both numbers) ballot boxes sitting unguarded for an entire weekend. Certainly there was a way they could have been picked up even very late by the couriers who were delayed by rain and traffic.

AAA makes its living this way, doesn't it. How could they do such a bumbling job?

May 25, 2010 at 10:54 PM

By: Raymond Wohl

delegate marshall elementary school (middle school_

The AAA results from our school were inaccurate and under counted by almost 30 votes. Delegates, election judges and clerks, please evaluate the number of ballots at a school and the reported actual votes.

i will contact AAA on Wed and call for a recount of our school votes. We had 100 of all staff that was present May 21.

May 25, 2010 at 11:46 PM

By: Jay Rehak

We should call the Union on this for clarification

It seems clear that the High School Funtional Vice-Presidential votes came out in CORE's favor. The Union should send this out in a message to the membership. I will call the Union on this tomorrow, and ask that they send out such an email and post it on the Union Website. People were elected last Friday, and that should be noted by the CTU. Again, this is not partisan politics. If people were elected, the Union should let the membership know as soon as that information is available.

May 26, 2010 at 7:49 AM

By: Michael Miguest


My school South Shore School Of Tech is not on the list.

May 26, 2010 at 8:47 AM

By: John Silva

Missing school

Lindblom Math & Science Academy is not listed on the documents released by CTU/AAA. Obviously not major enough to swing the election but an irregularity nonetheless.

May 26, 2010 at 9:18 AM

By: Michael Miguest


The plethora of "Irregularies" with this election indubitably compromises its "Authenticity".

May 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

By: Michael Miguest


The plethora of "Irregularities" with this election indubitably compromises its "Authenticity".

May 26, 2010 at 11:39 AM

By: hmm

other missing votes

Washington High School missing too.

May 26, 2010 at 2:08 PM

By: Danielle from CORE


Even if AAA is reliable, a teacher from Henderson told me that when she was voting, the delegate was looking over people's shoulders, saying, "Vote here, mark here." My friend was annoyed that she was looking over her shoulder as she voted. Looking at the results, it seems as if Henderson went mostly to UPC. Funny how that works. Who's the real problem?

May 26, 2010 at 2:59 PM

By: kugler

Documentation of Voting Irregularities

We need to document all the irregularities with names times and places. Including vote counts.

I am willing to process and collect all complaints and forward then to the proper people for investigation. I have already started the process.

John Kugler

May 26, 2010 at 3:33 PM

By: Michael Miguest


John Kugler,

South Shore School of Entrepreneurship is not on the list.

May 26, 2010 at 7:57 PM

By: kugler

Send in the Information

I need a report of what happened.


Name of person making report including position in CPS and Union including full contact information(school and home)

John Kugler

May 26, 2010 at 10:31 PM

By: Pam Touras

Mail ballots?

I have a question pertaining to the citywide mail ballots. Aren't there close to 3,000 citywide members? I tallied up a total of only 720 votes.

Also, the school by school voting count doesn't show the central office results or the union office results.

Can someone provide some input?


October 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

By: santos quinones

zulema ortiz

I love this lady, she was my teacher back in 1991 and I know if anybody can get the job done she can. Love you Zulema\r\rfrom Santos Quinones class of 1991

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