Unionization of Charter Schools: A National Strategy to Strangle Charters From Within

The announcement by teachers at Noble Charter Schools—the largest charter network in Chicago—that they intend on unionizing was greeted with much fanfare, garnering praise from figures as high up as American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten. While unionization drives like the one at Noble are mostly waged at the school level, they fit into a loosely organized national drive to expand union representation into charter schools. Looking across the country, the success of recent efforts has been mixed at best.

As of February of this year, the AFT was representing teachers at 229 charter schools scattered across…

Source: Unionization of Charter Schools: Where the Movement Stands Now – Teacher Beat – Education Week

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