On October 30th, BMORE's constitutional amendment to make voting more accessible was voted on at a BTU general membership meeting. Overall, 58% of attendees voted in favor and 42% voted against. Since a constitutional amendment requires a 2/3 approval from both chapters, and we only met that threshold for the teacher chapter, the amendment was not adopted. After the animated and heated meeting, Physical Education teacher at Southwest Baltimore Charter School, Brad "Coach" Hunter reflected on his experience.
1. Progress isn't pretty: October 30th's vote was messy, to say the least, and for many an unpleasant and disappointing outcome, however, few plans for improvement ever follow a linear path.
2. More Motivated: I (and others) left the vote feeling more motivated than ever! While the night of October 30th could be seen by some as a setback to BMORE's agenda I think it could also be used as a springboard to move BMORE’s work forward. So many in attendance were appalled by some of the actions and antics on display. Is this really what we want OUR union to look, sound and feel like when a group asks for changes? I for one can assure you that I will be more active than before and definitely help turn-out the vote for the elections this spring after what I saw at the general membership meeting.