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New law allows parents to ‘charterize’ a District school
Charter schools are public schools. Aneducator accustomed to the structure of aschool district might think of a charter asa tiny district, run by a self-appointed (notelected) governing board who serve asthe employers of all staff, with completeautonomy over budget, employment,curriculum, etc. All but two of San Diego’s41 charter schools are non-union, wherethe SDEA contract and major EducationCode protections do not apply. Onlywhen educators take the collective actionof forming a union can they negotiate toachieve the rights and District employeesenjoy. Currently in SDUSD, TubmanVillage Charter (an SDEA afliate) andDarnall Charter (a direct CTA afliate)have made the decision to unionize.The initial waves of San Diegocharter schools were closely linked tothe communities in which they wereestablished, and as such could have heraldedthe mantle of real, meaningful local controlof public schools. But cynically maskedin a veneer of parent and teacher control,familiar big-business interests such as theGates Foundation are effectively pushingtheir own brand of reform into the publiceducation system using charter schoolsas easily accessible entry points—such asmerit pay, test-based teacher evaluations,and privatized educational services. Inshort, the promise of charter schools— autonomy, academic freedom, parentengagement, and teacher-led reform— is giving way to a new model based onmarket-style reforms and diminishedworker rights. And now their attention isturning toward converting district schoolsand even entire districts into charters.Until quite recently, converting anyschool to a charter required a vote of over 50% of the permanent status teachingstaff. But recent legislation has createda “parent trigger” enabling a majorityof parents at qualifying low-performingschools to decide to convert a school to acharter—with no required vote or input of the teaching staff.
Thirty SDUSD schoolsmeet the criteria for the “parent trigger”now, and could be converted by parentsinto a charter school next fall,
eradicatingthe union at that school in an instant.It is important we realize that charter schools are staffed by educators just likeus who have chosen educating childrenas their career and who deserve a voice intheir workplace. SDEA’s work to organizecharter educators will both help educatorsand parents reclaim the charter movementas a real agent of locally driven reform, andremove charter conversions as an attractiveoption to those who want to get arounddealing with an empowered unionizedworkforce. But we must also continueto defend our existing union rights fromthose who would see them stripped awayas we move forward in this new legislativelandscape.
Spring Election Announcement
Each year, SDEA members have the opportunity to select representa-tives from among their colleagues to serve in a variety of elected po-sitions. The spring election will be held March 7-21, and will be conducted via paper ballots which will be mailed tomembers’ home and/or site. Materials for the election are available for download at