The National Education Association voted down a proposal to make opposition to charter school expansion a condition for its 2020 presidential endorsement. If this had passed, it could have compelled a move toward public schools in the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Its rejection by the NEA could mean the NEA and AFT are leaning toward a safe middle of the road endorsement for POTUS.
I am not surprised by the vote but it is not good news for public schools.
This is from Politico:
CHARTERS NOT A DECIDING ISSUE FOR NEA ENDORSEMENT:
A day after applauding Sen. Bernie Sanders' call to pause charter school expansion, the union voted against making such opposition a condition of its endorsement.
—The vote could signal how tricky this issue may be for unions. While they have blamed charter school growth in some states for taking money away from traditional public schools, some charter school teachers are members of unions.
—Sanders (I-Vt.), one of 10 candidates who participated in the group’s forum on Friday, came out swinging against charter schools, citing his proposal to end federal funding for for-profit charter schools and to place a moratorium on all new charter schools until they can be studied. Union members also applauded when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “no federal funding for charter schools.” See our takeaways from the forum.
—The defeated business item would have required candidates seeking an endorsement to publicly oppose all charter school expansion. The item says that would mean repudiating the policies of the former and current education secretaries, Arne Duncan and Betsy DeVos, while offering the rationale that charter schools’ purpose is to “cheapen education and strip young people and their families of the right to a public education.”