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  •  agreed but unions have room to maneuver here (0+ / 0-)

    unions can start their own charter schools and begin cutting some of this off, but i am pretty disappointed with Obama when it comes to unions

    •  Any evidence of union-run charter schools? (0+ / 0-)

      I was part of a teacher group that tried to convert a failing public school to a charter about five years ago, but we discovered we could not retain any senior staff due to salary and pension agreements. We would have been in the business of firing ourselves or going to a much lower salary if we had continued so the plan was dropped. I'd be curious to know if there have been any cases in which a teacher-initiated charter school has been successful.

      Government is the conspiracy of the Few against the Many. - Francois Babeuf

      by Valatius on Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 12:54:50 PM PDT

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    •  not in many jurisdictions (1+ / 0-)
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      the original idea of charters as proposed by Ray Budde and Al Shanker was to be teacher founded and run schools.   Most charters do not approach that.  There are very few.

      And while AFT has founded a charter in NY, the chartering laws in many states do not allow unions to run charters, even as they do allow for profit organizations to do so.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 02:23:40 PM PDT

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