Friday, July 7, 2017

Julian Vasquez Heilig: An Insider's View of Charter Schools: Who Is Working Together to Improve Them? - Progressive.org

An Insider's View of Charter Schools: Who Is Working Together to Improve Them? - Progressive.org:

An Insider's View of Charter Schools: Who Is Working Together to Improve Them?

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During the past decades the number of students in charter schools has nearly tripled, with approximately 3.1 million students enrolled in 2016-17. In fact, one in eight black students now attends a charter in the United States. But while the popularity of charters is growing, so is concern about charter schools, particularly in the civil rights community and among grassroots educators in teachers unions.
Last summer the NAACP made national news when it called for a charter moratorium until various civil rights concerns were addressed. Other civil rights organizations—including the Journey for Justice Alliance and the Movement for Black Lives—also called for a moratorium on charter schools.
 These calls are leading the way for a shift in the national conversation about school choice, and help distinguish privatization and market-based education from real efforts to improve public education.
Last summer the leadership of the National Education Association faced an uprising of sorts from grassroots educators demanding that more critical questions be asked about transparency and accountability for charter schools. In response, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García convened a twenty-one member taskforce on Charter Schools last September, charging members to “fundamentally rethink what NEA policy should be on charter schools.”
This past week, the taskforce delivered their policy statement to a representative assembly at the NEA, and it was overwhelmingly voted into policy by educators from across the United States.
The new policy lays out three criteria charter schools must meet to provide An Insider's View of Charter Schools: Who Is Working Together to Improve Them? - Progressive.org:

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