Ryan Sager analyzes the United Federation of Teachers’ proposal for a union-run charter school in Brooklyn, quoting a New York Post editorial. The union charter would provide more time for teacher planning, but no more class time for students. The principal, called “school leader,” would be burdened with even more red tape than normal.
Lastly, many of the most successful charter schools have pursued a back-to-basics approach to curriculum, making use of traditional, as opposed to “progressive,” instructional methods.
UFT President Randi Weingarten has herself been supportive of such an approach and highly critical of the Bloomberg team’s use of the so-called progressive programs.
Yet, for whatever reason, the UFT decided to use relatively “progressive” math and reading curricula. The union, according to sources, essentially admitted its discomfort with its curricula to SUNY’s board and expressed its intention to strengthen the program later.
The union has fought to maintain a 100-school cap on the number of charters in New York; the union charter would take up one of the few remaining slots. However, the proposal has been side-tracked.