Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: The public chooses school choice--Charters are popular despite union roadblocks
Posted on 09/08/2009 9:39:06 AM PDT by jazusamo
Another respected poll is out that shows the American public overwhelmingly favors school reforms opposed by the union that is misnamed the National Education Association. On two issues in particular, the public is far ahead of the NEA.
The annual poll, released late last month by Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association for educators, in conjunction with Gallup, demonstrated strong majority support for charter schools and merit-pay systems for teachers. But the power-hungry union consistently puts roadblocks or stultifying restrictions on these reforms.
The poll found that nearly two out of three Americans favor charter schools. The NEA, however, hedges: "Charter schools should be subject to the same public sector labor relations statutes as traditional public schools, and charter school employees should have the same collective bargaining rights as their counterparts in traditional public schools." That contradicts an essential feature of good charter systems, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Its relevant position paper says: "States should repeal provisions that require some or all charter schools to be bound by the district collective bargaining agreements."
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Another good one, potlatch!
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