Unions Eye Corporate-charter Schools
This was the amazing Headline in Kris Maher's article appearing in the 11-17-15 edition of the Wall Street Journal."In March, 60 in Los Angeles' largest Charter(Corporate) school with 600 plus teachers who" began efforts to join the United Teachers Los Angeles, a "31,000 members union representing all of the city's public schools, and about 1,000 teachers at 12 independent charter schools. Naturally, the administrators of Corporate-chartered schools nationwide, especially in the states of Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, and others, took exception to this intervention into their enterprises that they have been cleverly financed under the auspices of donations to non-profit 501 (c) (3) ventures. Why, after all would these professionals want to opt out of their and other similar operations promoted as " THE VIABLE ALTERNATIVE" to the public school system?
The answers were that same as those given in all workplaces be they white collar, blue collar, or no collar, the workers wanted honest and equal representation and rights. In the case of these teachers they wanted job security, not one year contracts renewable upon appropriate compliance to administration demands. They wanted a say in curriculum development and in the general operation of the school. As was to expected, certain members of the Corporate Board, one a billionaire investor in a professional athletic team, another the former city's mayor, took exception to the teachers' requests which would have made available collective bargaining and other benefits. Currently, there are some 6,500 such Corporate-chartered schools in the nation, most operating under similar non unionized circumstances.
The article goes on to say that Los Angeles "already has more than100,000 students attending charter schools", and wants to boost total city attendance in such institutions from 16% to 50%. Perhaps, investment in Corporate-charters may prove to be a better return on investment than basketball? Unfortunately, it will be the student who will be the losers in this "educational experiment".