Carrying protest signs, thousands of teachers and their allies converged last month on the shimmering contemporary art museum in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Clad in red, they denounced “billionaire privatizers” and the museum’s patron, Eli Broad. The march was a preview of the attacks the union would unleash during the teachers’ strike, which ended last week.Front page of the Times doesn't tell the full story - like all the charter scandals. But it does show how an aggressive union leadership can help turn the tide. Have you seen any signs of that here in the UFT?
As one of the biggest backers of charter schools, Mr. Broad helped make them a fashionable and potent cause in Los Angeles, drawing support from business leaders like Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix; Hollywood executives; and lawmakers to create a wide network of more than 220 schools.Mr. Broad was so bullish about the future of charter schools just a few years ago that he even floated a plan to move roughly half of Los Angeles schoolchildren — more than 250,000 students — into such schools. In 2017, he funneled millions of dollars to successfully elect candidates for the Board of Education who would back charters, an alternative to traditional public schools that are publicly funded but privately run.His prominence has also turned him into a villain in the eyes of the teachers’ union. Now Mr. Broad and supporters like him are back on their heels in Los Angeles and across the country. NYT
Here is my story for the Feb. 1 edition of The WAVE:
[Speaking of charter moratoriums, here in NYC some district community education councils are taking stands against charter expansion in their district. Tonight I’m going to the District 15 CEC meeting (Park Slope and Sunset Park) where such a resolution is on the table.]