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Long Island City charter school teachers bid to unionize

Teachers at another charter school in Queens have voted to unionize, the teachers union announced today.

The school, the Academy of the City Charter School in Long Island City, joins 10 other schools that have moved to unionize since 2007, when the union began its campaign to unionize the charter teaching force. The school is a an off-shoot of Our World Neighborhood Charter School, which has existed for a decade in Astoria, Queens, and is not unionized.

“We made this decision because we believe it is critical for us to establish a formal collective voice within our school community,” Academy of the City’s teachers told the school’s board of trustees in a letter sent last week.

The Academy of the City opened in September 2011 with 12 teachers, one guidance counselor, and about 100 students in its Kindergarten and first grade. It plans to expand to a full elementary school by 2015.

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