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Charter schools and teacher unions

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jun 18, 2014

An article in today's Daily Post "Charters to hit school budgets hard, prompts me to revisit the charter school concept. Originally intended as a means to advance competition in the marketplace by allowing entrepreneurial schools to operate unencumbered by an archaic education code and teacher unions, that dream has been stifled by the same teacher unions from which they sought relief. Yet, the Post article makes no mention of the union issue. The article does mention an incredible fact: there is a $10,000 per child stipend which comes with those who move to charter schools!

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

Yesterday, I submitted the following LTE to the Post:
Editor, Angela Ruggiero (Charters to hit school budget hard) leaves out an important piece of information: Will these charter schools operate with non-union teachers? Charter schools were viewed as a “silver bullet” by education reformers. Operating unencumbered by an archaic EdCode and teacher unions, they could be just that.
Today, Angela responded with an article entitled "Classes without teachers unions" In that article she says "...teachers...must still be credentialed but are at-will employees."
Charter schools did not always require credentialed teachers(SB1448 in 1992). In 1998, the California Teachers Association succeeded in having the law revised to require teacher credentialing. This unnecessarily increased the cost.
On the other hand, State law specifies that private school teachers be “…persons capable of teaching”. What a refreshing idea!

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

Here is a link to an excellent reference published by the University of Pittsburg Press, entitled "The Charter School Landscape" by Sandra Vergari, which I found on the USC website.
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Posted by for-profit model
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jun 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

If you threw taxpayer money at private schools, there would be a rush to take that money, of course.

And a lot of really bad schools created to take that money. Look at the for-profit college model.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

Here's an excerpt from the previous reference which demonstrates the systematic destruction of the Charter School dream: "In 1999, the legislature required charter schools to offer a specified, minimum number of minutes of instruction and maintain written records documenting all pupil attendance. These modifications effectively curtailed the discretion enjoyed by non-classroom based charter schools(e.g. , home study and distance learning)."