Flexibility is helping Los Angeles charter schools deal with funding cuts without pink-slipping young teachers, reports the LA Daily News. Principals can negotiate with their staffs to save jobs.
. . . after laying off three teacher assistants and canceling a popular dance program at the charter school, (Our Community School) Principal Chris Ferris decided to approach her staff with a question:
Do you want to keep free health-care benefits or keep more teachers?
. . . Free from rigid union contracts, able to make spending decisions at the school-site level and continuing to see enrollment growth, charter schools can run their campuses like small businesses. At a time when the Los Angeles Unified School District faces layoffs of some 8,500 people and is dismantling popular programs to cut costs, some charter schools are actually hiring teachers.
Most charter schools don’t have top-scale teachers who earn twice as much as novice teachers.
Via Mickey Kaus.