Not ones to miss an opportunity to capitalize on a crisis, several teacher unions across the country are leveraging anxiety about schools and COVID-19 to threaten lawmakers and attack charter schools.
In Southern California just yesterday, UTLA seeks to halt new charter co-locations for next school year by citing established misinformation.
In Oregon, the Department of Education closed all schools, including virtual charter schools because why not? Who needs distance learning when brick and mortar schools are closed?
Oregon Department of Education:
"[Virtual charter schools] may not enroll new students during the period of the closure."
The government school system is protecting itself at the expense of families during a crisis. pic.twitter.com/q1ZWx6CPOy
— Corey A. DeAngelis (@DeAngelisCorey) March 26, 2020
In San Francisco, the union seeks to stop any “district-wide online plan” until all students have access to internet and “suspension of all grading”.
What children need while unable to attend school in midst of a pandemic is…”trauma informed pedagogy…” pic.twitter.com/MBlsEkZsnh
— Wesley Yang (@wesyang) March 26, 2020
Nationwide, fueled by union-funded front groups such as the Network for Public Education, a call to end all testing was issued — a long time pet project of unions.
Sensing that school closures are likely to shift public perception and expectations on how public education is delivered to students, unions are in full-on protectionist mode, desperate to defend the cash cow business as usual.
It appears that unions subscribe to the infamous Rahm Emanuel suggestion to “Never let a crisis go to waste.”