Last week, as charter school supporters pushed back on an NAACP resolution calling for a moratorium on new charter schools, Chicago’s teachers union actually put one in place.
In a new, eleventh-hour labor agreement, reached last week to avert a strike, Chicago Public Schools agreed to a temporary cap on charter school enrollment, the first in the country imposed through collective bargaining with a union.
Teachers unions have backed efforts to limit the growth of charter schools around the country. They’re pouring money into a Massachusetts campaign to keep a state cap in place, and the American Federation of Teachers heaped praise on the NAACP resolution over the weekend.
Meanwhile, a new article in the American Prospect connects the Chicago policy to larger trend. Unions, which have been trying to organize charter school teachers, are using labor negotiations to get more say over charter governance.
Conditions in the Windy City may have been especially favorable to a charter school cap won at the bargaining table.