Do charter schools need teachers unions?

“We can create a new and better path forward for unions,” said Greg Swanson, an English teacher at Ben Franklin High School, a New Orleans charter where earlier this year 85 percent of teachers signed a petition in support of unionization. Franklin is one of two New Orleans charter schools — out of about 75— whose teachers have pushed to unionize over the last year. But Swanson says the Franklin teachers are steering clear of tenure — because “it’s such a poison word.” Instead, they’re pushing for something in between tenure (which can make it challenging to fire teachers) and their current at-will status (which affords them little job protection). Continue reading for full article.

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