Writing in Daily Kos, Laura Clawson examines the claim that charter schools give parents more choice. We have to ask if school reformers are really changing things for the better - or just cutting revenue for public schools. Why would they want to do that? To break the “evil” teachers unions, of course.
Some charter schools are very good, but the overall concept is a Trojan horse that will reduce another middle class profession with longer hours, no protection, and less pay. We also have to ask where the money that isn’t paid to teachers and principals is going. The Chicago Reader investigated local charter schools. Most refused to give information about their budgets or payrolls, information which Chicago public schools are required to make public. Ruining teaching as a profession, hiding how taxpayer money is spent – that doesn’t sound like reform.