About a week ago I wrote a post on A Denominator of Many - Teacher Professional Partnerships about schools run by teachers. Since that piece was published (both here and at Dangerously Irrelevant) there has been an very important closely related development.
Something very interesting is unfolding in Minneapolis involving Minneapolis Public Schools, the local teacher's union, and the AFT. Evidently the union wants to become a charter school authorizor. When I first heard about this on Minnesota Public Radio last week I thought that the union and charter schools seem to make strange bedfellows but after reading a bit more about what is going on and why the local union wants in on this I am optimistic and intrigued. I don't have time tonight to write much more about this and quite frankly I still don't feel I have enough information to write an informed post on the matter. But, I do want to pass on what I have collected regarding this turn of events. If you know of any other stories, articles, posts, etc. on this topic please post the link in the comment section below.
- Mpls. teachers' union wants power to authorize new charter schools by Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio, July 9, 2010
- Teacher unions across the country are starting their own schools
- Teachers have choice, too—and are using it in Minneapolis
- Minneapolis teachers aim to enter charter school business By EMILY JOHNS, Star Tribune July 10, 2010
- Union-Authorized Charter Schools? Only If Managed Correctly
- Charter schools under siege by the AFT
- AFT Innovation Fund Announces New Investments