Posts Tagged ‘Charter School’

Sep
2016
9

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers
  In a pair of decisions issued late last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded that charter school teachers are private employees and therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the NLRB. The cases involved an online charter school in Pennsylvania called PA Virtual Charter School and a Brooklyn charter called Hyde...
Nov
2015
5

Charter Favoritism, Anti-Unionism Result in Ouster of Conservative School Board Members in CO

Charter Favoritism, Anti-Unionism Result in Ouster of Conservative School Board Members in CO
  A recall election in Jefferson County, Colorado saw three conservatives ousted in a school board race where spending topped $1 million.  Julie Williams, Ken Witt, and John Newkirk were all elected to the Jefferson County school board in 2013 and immediately made several unpopular changes that lead to their political demise.  Chief among...
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Aug
2015
26

Watchdog Slams LA Times for Education Coverage Funded by Charter School, Reform Advocates

Watchdog Slams LA Times for Education Coverage Funded by Charter School, Reform Advocates
  A recent post from Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) highlights the conflicts of interest surrounding the Los Angeles Times’ initiative “Education Matters.”  Announced earlier this month, the goal is to cover educational issues and provide “an ongoing, wide-ranging report card on K-12 education in Los...
Apr
2015
24

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School

Captive Audience Union-Busting Meetings Cutting Into Class Time at Philly Charter School
  Parents and teachers of students at the Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia are angered that mandatory captive audience meetings are being scheduled during class hours at a pivotal point in the school year.  As students prepare for Keystone and AP exams, 6 hours of their school day will be canceled while teachers hear [&hellip...
Mar
2015
12

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI

Tax Fraud, Dangerous Asbestos Practices Lead to Conviction of Charter School Founder in MI
  A jury in Michigan has found charter school founder Steven J. Ingersoll guilty on three counts of federal tax fraud.   Ingersoll was accused of diverting $704,000 of a $1.8 million bank loan intended for school construction to his personal bank account and failing to pay taxes on it.  Ingersoll’s wife and brother were also [&hellip...
Mar
2015
2

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools

PA Gov Removes School Commission Chair Following Approval of New Charter Schools
  Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that School Reform Commision (SRC) chairman and former city council member Bill Green has been demoted and that fellow SRC board member Marjorie Neff will take his place.  Neff is the retired principal of the city’s acclaimed Julia R. Masterman Demonstration School and is a 38-year veteran of the...
Feb
2015
2

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.

There are 387 Charter Schools in Ohio. Soon, One of Them Might be Unionized.
  A group of teachers at Franklinton Preparatory Academy, a charter school in Columbus, Ohio, are looking to unionize.  The group, the Franklinton Preparatory Academy Educators Association, has filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board and an election could come as quickly as seven weeks from now.  The teachers would be the...
Aug
2014
27

Charter Schools: Now Complete With ALEC Members and FBI Raids!

Charter Schools: Now Complete With ALEC Members and FBI Raids!
  In “The Con Artistry of Charter Schools,” an incredible piece by In These Times writer Ruth Conniff, the burgeoning private education industry is given a thorough scolding for its inability to deliver on promises made to students and families. Excess and wrongdoing, Conniff explains, call the character of all charter schools into...
Jul
2013
3

Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue

Rapper Pitbull Opening a Miami Charter School Run by a Company Making $158M in Annual Revenue
  An example of the dangers of the charterization of schools comes to us from Miami, Florida where rapper Pitbull (neé Armando Perez), has opened SLAM (Sports Leadership & Management) Charter School. He will be speaking at this year’s National Charter School Conference alongside Joel Klein, Arne Duncan, and Amanda Ripley.   Pitbull...