California Teacher Association Spends Millions Blocking Charter Schools

The California Teachers Association has spent over $4 million to block the growth of charter schools while working behind the scenes to introduce their own.  Melissa Leon has the story on Fox News.

The CTA spent $3.6 million on lobbying from April to June – more than $1 million per month during that time, and it is the highest-spending lobbying group in the state so far this year, The Sacramento Bee reported this month, citing financial disclosure forms. This amount is about the same as what the state’s largest teachers union spent from 2017 to 2018, the Bee noted.

The union has spent the money on lobbyists for a legislative package being considered in the state that contains bills aiming to slow the growth of charter schools and hold them more accountable. This includes Assembly bill 1505, which would give local school districts more input and authorization to potentially reject a charter school, and Assembly Bill 1507, which would require that charter schools be approved by the district in which they’re located, according to the Bee.