Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win

Supporters of charter schools appeared to win control of the Los Angeles school board Tuesday, a watershed moment with huge implications for how students are taught in America’s second-largest school district.The charter school movement has long been a major force in Los Angeles school circles. But the victory Tuesday night by pro-charter forces — who dramatically outspent rivals in what was the most expensive election in school board history — gives them the opportunity to reshape the district.

Source: Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win – LA Times


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

Charter schools meet demand for better education

A new labor-backed study charges that California charter schools are opening schools where they aren’t needed, but parents — not special interests or governmental bodies — should be the final judges.

The report from In the Public Interest criticizes charters for opening in areas where there is existing classroom space in traditional public schools, criticizes them for using public funds for their facilities — as they are entitled to do under Proposition 39, passed by voters in 2000 — and alleges that they are misusing funds.

Source: Charter schools meet demand for better education

Teachers’ unions despise competition the world over, including in the UK where they oppose charter-like “free schools”

Free schools are state schools that are outside of local authority networks and which are set up by groups such as academy trusts, charities, parents and community groups. There are now about 800 free schools either open or in the pipeline.  The NUT (National Union of Teachers) said the £138.5m on the closed or unopened schools would have paid for 3,680 teachers for a year.  Ministers are accused of wasting millions on cancelled or closed free schools.

Source: Scrapped free schools ‘wasted’ nearly £140m, says NUT – BBC News

Even in tiny Guam the Teachers’ union hates competition from charter schools

The Guam Federation of Teachers does not support a bill converting Simon Sanchez High School in Yigo to a privately-run charter school.  “This action receives a failing grade by GFT,” the union said, citing six reasons that include taking away the rights of the community, taking away money from the Guam Department of Education and taking away certified teachers.

Source: Teachers’ union objects Simon Sanchez charter school

Pro-charter school Democrats are under fire from union-backed Democrats as 2018 fights emerge

LOS ANGELES — It’s rare that Democrats are cast as puppets of the Trump administration. But on the issue of education, many Democrats who have long supported school choice are newly on the defensive within their party, forced to distance themselves from President Donald Trump and his education secretary, Betsy DeVos.

Teachers unions and others are attacking charter supporters in California, New York and New Jersey for doing the administration’s ‘dirty work.’

Source: Democrats link party rivals to DeVos as 2018 fights emerge – POLITICO

Teachers unions launch another campaign to malign charter schools

Parents want the best education they can get for their children. For growing numbers of parents in California, charter schools have provided that opportunity. But not everyone is pleased with the expanding popularity of charter schools, especially teachers unions, which have launched yet another campaign to smear the integrity of charter schools with the singular aim of retaining and broadening their own political power.