New York’s United Federation of Teachers, once a charter foe, is previewing a documentary about its union-run charter school, UFT Elementary. The New York Sun reports:
“The film chronicles a day in the life of the school and captures the tireless effort needed to close the achievement gap. In this risky venture, labor has become management to prove what works best for kids,” the colorful invitation to the screening reads. The invitation features photos of children in red and blue UFT T-shirts.
On Chalkboard, Joe Wiliams discusses the politics of a union-run charter school.
Just by starting their charter school, the UFT has sent a message to Democrats who represent communities where public charters are the only viable option for children that it’s OK to support them publicly.
The UFT’s school apparently is performing well, Williams says.