With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Redefining charter schools

I am struck by the way that charter schools are currently being redefined, as private operators continue to take over their management nationally and desperately try and push back against unionization.

Originally, charters were defined as public schools, freed from some of the rules, regulations, and statutes that apply to other public schools, in exchange for some type of accountability for producing certain results, which are set forth in each school's charter.

But recently, in Georgia, for example, the new definition goes something like this: "Charter schools are public institutions that are run by private organizations or individuals."

You see, if charters are defined in this way, charter school teachers are no longer seen as public employees, with the same collective bargaining rights under NLRB rules, as regular public school teachers.

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