Is the Charter School Concept Inherently Anti-union and Racist?

    Angel Gonzalez says yes:

    Charter Schools:
    • are privately operated and exempt from govt & labor laws that provide public oversight. While taking public $$, they operate under private mode.
    • are union busters and deny pension, tenure, and other important labor/educator rights
    • have private & undemocratic governance - no parent, educator & community voice in decision-making thus helping to destroy neighborhood school concept.
    • reflect another institutional racist pattern in the education of public students. Charters are being imposed by NYC dictatorial decree predominately Black & Latino neighborhoods. See attached map. White middle & upper class communities of NYC have not sought these out. Blacks and Latino poor and working class communities have not sought these charters out. Folks want democratic quality and equality public schooling ....and these charters are what have been handed down from above by the corporate-government and those Black & Latino politicos, officials, community groups, ... that have bought into the deceit.
    • split a school with their disparate elite treatment of their charterees with smaller class size, better maintained facilities, materials, (Can do so because of greater corporate dollars pumped in as they seek to initially capture the student market.)
    • contribute to a greater multi-tiered school system ...not two tiered system. We have smaller new visions type schools in buildings that contribute to the tiered system and the regular school without outside supports, the elite-select schools like Bx Science, Stuyvesant, Bklyn Tech, and now Charters (private although they claim public)

    Sean and Angel bat the issue of charter use of non-unionized labor on ICE-mail, posted at Norms Notes.
    Charter Schools and Non-unionized Maintenance Workers

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