NEA’s charter school policy statement.

The NEA’s charter school taskforce policy statement will be discussed at an upcoming NEA Board of Directors meeting.

Charter School Policy Statement
As Recommended by the Charter Taskforce to the NEA Board of Directors

Introduction

Charter schools were initially promoted by educators who sought to innovate within the local public school system to better meet the needs of their students. Over the last quarter of a century, charter schools have grown dramatically to include large numbers of charters that are privately managed, largely unaccountable, and not transparent as to their operations or performance. The explosive growth of charters has been driven, in part, by deliberate and well- funded efforts to ensure that charters are exempt from the basic safeguards and standards that apply to public schools, which mirror efforts to privatize other public institutions for profit.

Charters have grown the most in school districts that were already struggling to meet students’ needs due to longstanding, systemic and ingrained patterns of institutional neglect, racial and ethnic segregation, inequitable school funding, and disparities in staff, programs and services. The result has been the creation of separate, largely unaccountable, privately managed charter school systems in those districts that undermine support and funding of local public schools. Such separate and unequal education systems are disproportionately located in, and harm, students and communities of color by depriving both of the high quality public education system that should be their right.

As educators we believe that “public education is the cornerstone of our social, economic, and political structure,” NEA Resolution A-1, the very “foundation of good citizenship,” and the fundamental prerequisite to every child’s future success. Brown v. Bd. of Ed. of Topeka, Shawnee Cty., Kan., 347 U.S. 483, 493 (1954). The growth of separate and unequal systems of charter schools that are not subject to the same basic safeguards and standards that apply to public schools threatens our students and our public education system. The purpose of this policy statement is to make plain NEA’s opposition to the failed experiment of largely unaccountable privately managed charter schools while clarifying NEA’s continued support for those public charter schools that are authorized and held accountable by local democratically elected school boards or their equivalent.

Findings of NEA Charter Taskforce in Support of Proposed Charter Policy Statement_April 2017

 

 

8 thoughts on “NEA’s charter school policy statement.

  1. … while clarifying NEA’s continued support for those public charter schools that are authorized and held accountable by local democratically elected school boards or their equivalent.”
    ……..
    Public charter schools? Charter schools drain off students and money from public schools. They are a money making scam for their owners. If they come up in rural areas, they can destroy the local public school.

    Sorry, there should be no support for charter schools. The money invested in them belongs to public schools that are too often underfunded and therefore, lacking in ability to provide what the majority of students need.

  2. I wish NEA would not recognize “charter schools” at all. The original concept and definition of a charter school – union backed, teacher-led, innovative schools – is no longer valid. The term has been co-opted and the original concept artfully dismantled.

    We should call “charter school” simply private schools funded on public dollars.

    Private schools funded on public dollars need to be abandoned by our unions and public schools need to be embraced, encouraged, and empowered – once again. This can and should include public schools that are innovative, teacher-led, and offer alternative teaching and learning practices. But don’t call them CHARTER SCHOOLS; call them alternative/innovative/community public schools and make them accountable to the people and their communities.

    This kind of confusion is what we get when we the union insist on a seat at the table with the devil.

  3. “The purpose of this policy statement is to make plain NEA’s opposition to the failed experiment of largely unaccountable privately managed charter schools while clarifying NEA’s continued support for those public charter schools that are authorized and held accountable by local democratically elected school boards or their equivalent.” i have to make the rational and pragmatic observation that those charter schools that NEA still supports are indeed public schools! Therefore, I would like for NEA to stop calling them charter schools –dropping the label “charter” . That way, NEA can reset the original intent and position of advocating for public schools, for the reasons advanced in the first paragraphs.

    • The words “public charter schools’ can be manipulated . Let’s finally drop the word “charter ” once in for all.

  4. Although this is a great start NEA has taken in regards to charter schools, the words “public charter schools’ can be manipulated . Let’s finally drop the word “charter ” once in for all and solely focus on saving public schools.

  5. SOS
    4-22-17

    Public schools are necessary. Charter schools, using public funding, are not necessary.

    Reluctant to call charter schools and their proponents evil, the definition of “necessary evil”*, is an apt description of charter schools in this writer’s view

    * Definition for necessary evil :an unfavorable thing (an evil) that someone believes must be done or accepted because it is necessary to achieve a better outcome—especially because possible alternative courses of action or inaction would be worse.

    Public schools work well when there is public support. Recognizing that there are constraints in public schools that challenge our public schools, teachers can and are “doing the job” providing opportunity and success for our public school students.

    Yours in education,

    Dr. Charles W. Birch, Morris, Illinois

    Attached are remarks this winter made in a public forum.

    SOS
    2-1-17

    PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE IMPORTANT. PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS REQUIRED.

    SUPPORT MUST BE AT THE LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LEVELS. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS IS A CHALLENGE (see attach summary of public remarks, this writer, made to Illinois Governor Rauner at his presentation to teachers in Ottawa , Illinois on June 6, 2016) AS IT IS IN EVERY U. S. STATE.

    EDUCATION IS A GOOD INVESTMENT.

    Yours in education,

    Dr. Charles W. Birch, public school teacher

    SUMMARY (statement made to Gov. Rauner at his presentation to teachers 06-06-2016)

    NOTE:( upon called on by Gov. Rauner, I addressed the Governor, this summary was compiled by me the next day 06-07-2016)

    I AM DR. CHARLES BIRCH FROM MORRIS , ILLINOIS. I JUST COMPLETED MY 50TH YEAR AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER. ( GOV RAUNER SAYS “CONGRATULATIONS) I AM A STRONG PROPONENT OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION. I CALL ON YOU TO BE AN EDUCATION GOVERNOR. AS A GRADUATE OF CATHOLIC GRADE SCHOOL AND CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL , I HAVE NO OBJECTION TO THE EXISTENCE OF PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, I AM AGAINST PULIC TAX FUNDING OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS (I.E.VOUCHERS). I STAND OPPOSED TO CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE PRIVATELY FUNDED AS WELL AS PUBLIC TAX SUPPORTED. I AM QUITE FAMILIAR WITH A GRAYS LAKE CHARTER SCHOOL THAT DRAWS PUBLIC MONEY AND HAS HAD SEVERAL COURT DECISIONS THAT RULED THAT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND HAS BEEN SERIOUSLY QUESTIONED. ONLY BY CONTINUED APPEALS HAS THE SCHOOL REMAINED OPEN.,

    IT TAKES TAX DOLLARS TO RUN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FOUR OF MY GRAND CHILDREN ATTENDED ROUND LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FOR A TIME , DUE TO THE LACK OF DISTRICT REVENUE, THE STATE OF ILLINOIS TOOK OVER THE DISTRICT. IT TAKES MONEY TO FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF PAPER MONEY HAD BEEN SENT, ROOF LEAKS IN THE ROUND LAKE SCHOOLS COLULD HAVE BEEN ADDRESSED.

    BORN AND RAISED IN WISCONSIN, MY FIRST TWO AND HALF TEACHING YEARS WERE SPENT TEACHING IN THE ONALASKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. GOV WALKER’S EDUCATION POLICIES HAVE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE ELIMINATION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR WAGES AND LEAVING BARGAINING TO THINGS LIKE CLASS SIZE AND THE COLOR OF TEXTBOOKS IS DETRIMENTAL TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

    YES, IT TAKES TAX DOLLARS TO FUND PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION. THE STATE OF ILLINOIS NEEDS TO HAVE A GRADUATED INCOME TAX TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY MONETARY FUNDS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I CALL ON YOU TO BE AN EDUCATION GOVERNOR. THANK YOU

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