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Excerpt from a (smart and proactive) email sent yesterday to all Minneapolis public school teachers, from Lynn Nordgren, President of the Minnapolis Federation of Teachers (hat tip: Eduwonk, which has the whole email):

I want to seize the opportunity for our union to help shape the future of our profession and of education – whether it is inside or outside of a school district – charter or traditional. So, about 18 months ago, with the approval of the MFT Executive Board, I went ahead and applied for an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) innovation grant. We were approved. The innovative idea the AFT approved was centered on unions taking back the charter school movement by becoming authorizers (approvers) of charter schools. This would ensure charters authorized by unions will: be high quality schools, monitored for progress, keep our union responsibilities and rights as an option, and make sure teachers are respected and have a voice in the the schools in which they work. As an authorizer, we will put students and educators front and center so their ideas are valued and used. The AFT has been very supportive of this effort – so much so that they continued funding for a second year. The majority of the AFT funds go to pay for a director, who is a former MPS teacher.

If every union local in the U.S. had the capacity to authorize charter schools, we just might be able to compete with the CMOs. Imagine a movement of our own. I cannot think of a better and more important time for us to make it happen.

(Self-plug: I suggested that NJEA do the same thing here.)

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1 Comment

  • kallikak, December 8, 2011 @ 4:17 am Reply

    You make it sound like the charter schools themselves are pawns in some larger game.

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