Why Can’t Charter Schools and Teachers’ Unions Be Friends?

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Pacific Standard

Apr 25, 12:00 AM

Why Can't Charter Schools and Teachers' Unions Be Friends?

Teachers' unions and charter schools often find themselves in direct opposition. Since the first public charter opened in 1992, charter school enrollment has exploded—but their union involvement has stayed low, and they have repeatedly gone head-to-head with unions in local elections. "These two parties," noted a report on a 2006 symposium on the future of charters and teachers' unions, "often behave like cats and dogs toward one another."

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