Not All IDEAS are Good Ideas: Labor and the Community Turn Defeat into Victory in the Struggle Against IDEA Charter Schools in Austin

This article was written by SOCM Social Justice Committee (SJC) Co-Chair Travis Donoho. Before moving to Knoxville last year, he worked as an organizer for the teachers union Education Austin (in Austin, Texas). Here he tells the story of his union’s successful campaign to stop the charter takeover of a…

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Groups Collaborate in Support of Nashville Charter School Accountability Standards

By Cathie Bird SOCM is joining with the Metro Nashville Education Association (MNEA), Tennessee Education Report, Tennesseans Reclaiming Education Excellence (TREE), and other community allies to support the schools Nashville students deserve! Charter schools (privately operated, but publicly funded K-12 schools) are currently not held to the same standards as traditional public schools. This…

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