Reformers Fearful of Unions’ Efforts to Organize Teachers in Charters

Diane Ravitch's blog

If you want to read a real tear-jerker, read this story written for the conservative Philanthropy Roundtable, about whether philanthropists should worry about the inroads that unions are making into the charter sector.

Romy Drucker begins with a story about one of the conservatives’ favorite charter chains, the Noble Network in Chicago. This is the same charter chain that some teachers complained about to NPR, saying it has a “dehumanizing culture,” the same charter chain where teenage girls are told to sit still and bleed through their clothes rather than go to the bathroom without an escort. It is a leader nationally in the “no excuses” charter world, where intensive test prep, strict discipline, and high suspension rates produce results for those willing to accept the demands.

Drucker begins:

“Michael and Tonya Milkie decided to start a charter public high school in Chicago in 1999. They drew on their…

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