Teacher Unions Vs. Charter Schools
The citizens of Los Angeles are about to find out which is the more powerful force in their city as the school board elections take place today. Sarah Favot has the story on The74million.org.
At stake in the fiercely contested campaign is control over a complex, underperforming school district whose ability to improve schools for nearly 665,000 students is compromised by declining enrollment, a $1.46 billion projected deficit, and billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities for retirees.
The election, as in past years, transcends the candidates in pitting the teachers union and its vision of improvement — more spending, smaller class sizes, expanded wraparound services, and local schools — against reformers who have been fighting to end seniority-based protections and pay, close struggling schools, and give families more school choices.