DC Charter School Teachers Picket

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Charter schools, once unionized, lose the flexibility that allows them to be more effective.  Liana Loewus                  has the story in Ed Week.

Among the most recent charters to organize is Chavez Prep Middle School in Washington, part of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter School network. Teachers there voted in June to form a collective-bargaining unit affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

About 25 teachers—nearly the whole teaching staff—walked down the street with protest signs during their lunch break on Friday. The union filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board over the summer, but claims the employer continues to make employment decisions without collectively bargaining.

The school’s principal, Kourtney Miller disputes all of these charges. “These are entirely their accusations, they haven’t been validated by the NLRB, and we disagree with their complaints,” she wrote in an email.

After picketing, staff members headed back inside for a chili cookoff and staff meeting, Miller said.

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