Teachers’ unions are trying to recruit members at charter schools. Newsday reports:
ALBANY, N.Y. — Susanna Ruiz chose to teach at a charter school because of its fresh approach to education.
Now she’s part of an emerging effort nationwide by unions — charter schools’ most formidable opponents — to gain a foothold within charter schools that were created in part to reduce union influence.
On Thursday Ruiz, as a local union president, was scheduled to lead a picket of the New Covenant Charter School in a low-income neighborhood of Albany as part of an effort to expand the union’s power within the school.
“We enjoy the freedom we have here at New Covenant,” she said, citing the reduced bureaucracy that is a foundation of charter schools.
But now, she said, the five-year-old school needs some of the rules of a traditional public school: job security, competitive salaries, better working conditions. That would provide a more stable faculty and better school, she said.
It will hard for charters to retain flexibility while trying to abide by a union contract.