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The Untold History of Charter Schools : by Rachel Cohenin the Democracy Journal

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So interesting! Al Shanker was not its originator but he was an important publicist for the idea, but  he  renounced charters in 1993 , because (when he saw  saw businesses moving into the public school sector,)  he realized that his idea had been sabotaged by greed,  and turned into a tool with which to bust unions and to privatize public schools .  He wrote that charters were no different from vouchers. And he denounced them. ' He did not envision corporate charter chains, nor a charter industry that is 90% non-union, more segregated than district public schools, and inclined to cherrypick the most motivated students.Strangely, neither the right-wingers nor the progressive charter fans ever acknowledge that Shanker denounced what was allegedly his big idea. It is important to recall what Shanker had in mind when he supported charters.' Read this article.

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1. He saw them as schools-within-schools, not as independent schools operating with their own school board, nor as corporate chains replacing public schools.

2. He saw them as teacher-run schools.

3. He saw them recruiting the weakest and most alienated students, the ones who had dropped out or were at risk of dropping out.

4. He said they should not be authorized without the support of the teachers in the school where they would operate.

5. He said they should not be authorized without the permission of the local school board.

6. He expected that the teachers in the charter school, operating as a school-within-a-school, would be members of the same union as the other teachers in the building.

7. He believed that the charter should run for five years, which would allow it to try out new ideas and share them with the rest of the school.

8. He did not envision the charter school as a permanent entity, but as a five-year or longer experiment designed to allow innovation and collaboration.

9. He did not envision charters run by non-educators, entrepreneurs, corporations, and grifters.

10. He did not envision corporate charter chains.

11. He did not envision a charter industry that is 90% non-union, more segregated than district public schools, and inclined to cherrypick the most motivated students.

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