Thursday, March 17, 2011

Responsible unionism in schools?

It can happen, elsewhere

The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools are earning a reputation around the country for laudable performance with underprivileged students.

But, our teachers union in Kentucky says they cannot work with charters.

Not so in Baltimore, where KIPP and the American Federation of Teachers local just inked a 10-year agreement on salaries and school days that will allow KIPP to continue its effective model for school reform within affordable costs.

How come teachers in Baltimore can make charters work, when our teachers’ union in Kentucky says no way?

How does the intransigence of Kentucky’s teachers union benefit children?

But, it could happen. It is happening – elsewhere.

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