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Teacher Power and the Politics of Union Organizing in Charter Schools

Huriya Jabbar & Jesse Chanin

Date & Time
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
12:00–1:00 pm
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 700
Conference Room 760
New Orleans Louisiana 70112

Research Team: Jamie Haynes, ​University of Texas at Austin; Sara Slaugh­ter, ​Education Research Alliance for New Orleans​One key dif­fer­ence between char­ter schools and tra­di­tion­al pub­lic schools is that teach­ers in char­ter schools are rarely union­ized. Only 11 per­cent of char­ter schools nation­wide have col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ments, and there has been lit­tle research done about how and why teach­ers have tried to orga­nize unions at char­ter schools. To shed more light on this under-stud­ied top­ic, we inter­viewed 21 edu­ca­tors in New Orleans and Detroit who worked at char­ter schools where teach­ers attempt­ed, suc­cess­ful­ly or unsuc­cess­ful­ly, to orga­nize unions. This research explores why some teach­ers pushed for a union and edu­ca­tors’ per­cep­tions of how school admin­is­tra­tors respond­ed to these efforts. In this brown bag, we will share our find­ings, includ­ing teach­ers’ pri­ma­ry moti­va­tions for orga­niz­ing and how attempts to orga­nize dif­fered depend­ing on the indi­vid­ual school and city.

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