Teacher Union And Student Rally Against Charter Schools
American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and union sympathizers conducted a “walk-in” today, protesting, in particular, the Los Angeles School District’s attempt to expand charter schools in the district. Weingarten admits local public schools are in trouble, and asks rhetorically why they (teacher union officials?) would not do everything in their power to give parents alternatives. Somehow students at one school became involved in projects (during school hours?) supporting the rally. Kyle Stokes has the story on kpcc.org news.
Teachers union sympathizers will rally at public school sites in more than two-dozen cities across the nation Wednesday morning — including at more than 170 Los Angeles Unified school sites — as part of a national demonstration of support for traditional public school districts.
Countering those plans, Weingarten said, is “amongst [her] highest priorities.” She added AFT has been working “hand-in-glove” with its local union affiliate, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), to organize opposition to a plan from the Broad Foundation that calls for enrolling 130,000 new students in charter schools by 2023.