Are Charter Schools and Teachers Unions Compatible?

Longtime charter school advocate and Oakland blogger Dirk Tillotson wrote a provocative piece suggesting that unions and charters could actually be good for each other. Dirk has worked in both union and non-union charters and remains a strong believer in school choice.

About 12 percent of America’s 6,700 charter schools are unionized. Federal, state and local union affiliates would like to see more of them become unionized. We invited several people to react to Dirk’s piece and share their thoughts on whether unionizing charters will be good for kids.

At Education Post we believe that open, honest conversation among people with a diversity of viewpoints can help bridge differences and lead to improvements in public education. Check out the pieces below and join the conversation.

Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Are Charter Schools and Teachers Unions Compatible?

All of us at Education Post believe that open, honest conversation among people with a diversity of viewpoints can help bridge differences and lead to…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We Got Our Hands on Unionized Charter School Teacher Contracts and Here’s What We Found

What stands out most about the debate around unionizing charter schools, however, is how shockingly little we know about what it even means. …

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

How Unionizing Charter Schools Could Change the Game for Unions

I believe that charter schools should not be used as “safety nets” for problems in the current education system but as innovation labs that can feed and build the whole public school system. …

By Maddie Fennell, NBCT

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

We’ve Considered Lots of Other Innovative Ideas. Why Not Unionized Charters, Too?

Chartering is in part about bringing a diversity of approaches to improving public schools. Working with unions is surely one viable, even attractive, approach.…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Charter Schools Offer a Chance for Unions To Work For Teachers and Students

Giving teachers greater influence in defining their jobs. This kind of union could be good for teachers and students.…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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Posted Nov. 29, 2016

This Can Be the Biggest Change We See With More Unionized Charters: Getting Everyone Focused on Quality and Equity

Charters and unions are often seen as diametrically opposed. This isn’t really an accurate history.…

By Dirk Tillotson

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