Who will be the education base of the Democratic Party in 2024? asks Neerav Kingsland on his relinquishment blog.
Teachers’ unions, which usually oppose charter expansion, are losing membership, while charter schools are growing, he notes. This year, more students are enrolled in charter schools than there are teacher union members.
Kingsland predicts there will be two or three times more charter parents than unionized teachers in five to seven years.
If charter school families become politically active, they’ll hard to ignore, Kingsland writes.
Update: As expected, the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which challenged mandatory union fees for teachers who are not members. The court’s 1977 decision upholding “fair share” fees to cover collective-bargaining costs will remain in force until a future challenge comes to a nine-member court.