Thursday, September 2, 2010

Charter Schools are About Union Busting

Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has moved to shut down a San Fernando Valley charter school over the alleged theft or misuse of as much as $2.7 million by the school's founding principal.

The problems at NEW Academy Canoga Park turned up in an audit released Monday by the inspector general's office of the Los Angeles Unified School District.(1)

Most likely there's a lot of this going on that hasn't been reported. More private interests feeding at the public trough.

The larger reason for the elite push towards charter schools is to weaken the teacher's unions. Charter schools are not unionized, though they pay the prevailing wage. A union's ultimate power comes from the strike, and the ability to shut down the system; if fewer teachers as a percentage of a school district are unionized, it weakens union negotiating power.

1' L.A. Unified moves to close charter school over alleged misuse of $2.7 million' - LA Times; Blume

1 comment:

The Arthurian said...

"More private interests feeding at the public trough."

Yeah, and then turning around and complaining about the cost of government!