A Buffalo teacher and union activist speaks out on charter schools there, don’t miss this one.
Here’s the lede:
The problem with Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore’s distaste for charter schools is that he does not acknowledge his own role in creating Buffalo’s market for them. As I see it, there would be no particular need for charter schools in this town if he tried to work with them rather than fight them.
My knowledge of charters leads me to believe they are not a simple answer to educational problems. However, they move school reform from conversation to action – with accountability – which is healthier than staying hopelessly stuck.