Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal: Trump’s School Choice Opportunity

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November 9, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Opinion Journal Live

CER Founder and CEO Jeanne Allen talks with Wall Street Journal’s Mary Kissel about what Election 2016 results could mean for the future of education, including the election of Donald Trump, a defeated Massachusetts ballot initiative on charter schools, and states that saw the election of opportunity-minded Superintendents, Governors, and U.S. Senators.

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Watch the video here.

How Education Opportunity Fared on Election Day

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WASHINGTON, DC — The Center for Education Reform (CER), the nation’s most senior advocate and pioneer for expanding educational opportunities so that all may achieve the American dream, analyzed Tuesday’s results through the prism of education innovation and opportunity.

The Center’s EDlection Roundup provides analysis on races up and down the ballots, including:

The White House: Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform (CER), today congratulated Donald Trump on his victory and called on the president-elect to unite the nation’s families and communities around improving education through innovation and opportunity. More here.

Governors: Out of the 12 states holding gubernatorial elections, 5 states so far will be inaugurating governors with passing grades on education opportunity. (The North Carolina gubernatorial race has not been decided yet). They join 31 states currently led by Governors earning a grade of A, B, or C when it comes to education opportunity and innovation. Is your state one of them? See our governor grades at Education50.

Senate Races: It was an exciting night for education opportunity and innovation in the US Senate. Some highlights include:

  • Alabama: Richard Shelby, a DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (DC OSP) supporter and opportunity supporter, won his senate seat.
  • Arizona: John McCain, who earned straight A’s from CER for his strong support of education reform, won back his seat.
  • Colorado: Michael Bennet gets high marks from us for expanding opportunity through the Quality Schools Act.
  • Florida: Marco Rubio’s senate win is a win for parents given his strong track record and commitment to school choice and charter schools.
  • Georgia: Johnny Isakson has been a vocal supporter of charter schools and earned high marks from CER.
  • Indiana: Todd Young, who took the win, has voted in support of pro-charter school legislation and the DC OSP.
  • Iowa: Chuck Grassley has been a vocal supporter of choice and opportunity for all children.
  • Kentucky: Rand Paul, a strong supporter of charter schools and opportunity, won his senate seat.
  • North Carolina: Richard Burr, who voted in support of the DC OSP and who is, in general, a vocal supporter of charter schools and opportunity, won his seat.
  • South Carolina: Tim Scott, an unabashed supporter of school choice who is on record supporting the DC OSP, was re-elected.

Ballot Initiatives: It was a disappointing night for ballot initiatives. Ballot measures that would’ve most notably made a mark on expanding opportunity – charter school expansion in Massachusetts and takeover of failing schools via an Opportunity School District in Georgia – were defeated.

Superintendents: Of the 13 states that elect their state education chiefs, five held elections this year. Notable victories for education opportunity occurred in North Carolina and Indiana. In the Tarheel State, newcomer Mark Johnson’s win signals a fresh perspective on expanding opportunity. In the Hoosier State, Jennifer McCormick defeated incumbent Glenda Ritz, who has a clear record against education opportunity, leading the fight against the state’s school voucher program.

More: Founder and CEO of The Center Jeanne Allen is available for in-depth commentary on education results. To set up an interview, contact Michelle Tigani at (202) 750-0016 or michelle@edreform.com.

 

 

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

CER CEO Jeanne Allen President-Elect: Advance Opportunity & Innovation

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Statement by CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen on the Presidential Election

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November 9, 2016

Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform (CER), today congratulated Donald Trump on his victory and called on the president-elect to unite the nation’s families and communities around improving education through innovation and opportunity.

“On behalf of the millions of people we represent who are working across the nation to bring excellence in education to all students and learners at every level, we offer the new President our support and counsel to help advance dramatic change in education throughout America.

“For the last 23 years the Center has pursued its mission faithfully, regardless of the political composition of our elected officials. Our work spans three presidential administrations and we have seen governors and legislators through dozens of terms. No matter what the differences in the viewpoints of our elected officials, our commitment to expanding opportunity has never changed or constricted – nor will it now.

“Our hope is that in the coming days President-elect Trump and his transition advisors will consider all good ideas and begin to learn from the myriad people working throughout the nation who are transforming their schools and communities.

“President-elect Trump – We believe there is much you can do to address the hopes and dreams of all who elected you. We hope you will embrace innovation, applaud and incentivize ambitious state efforts to create opportunity for all learners at all levels, reject the status quo and think hard about all those you appoint to support you and the needs of citizens everywhere.

“We will provide concrete recommendations for you to consider in the days and weeks ahead. Until then, congratulations. And welcome to Washington.”

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

Ten Charter Schools Reach The Finals in The Center for Education Reform’s “Hey John Oliver, Back Off My Charter School!” Contest

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November 2, 2016

 

WASHINGTON, DC — Ten charter schools from across the country have been named finalists in the Center for Education Reform’s sponsored “Hey John Oliver, Back Off My Charter School!” video contest.
 
The top ten finalists are:

  • Gary Comer College Prep – Chicago, IL
  • Indian River Charter High School – Vero Beach, FL
  • Inlet Grove Community High School – Riviera Beach, FL
  • Natomas Charter School – Sacramento, CA
  • Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School – Nashville, TN
  • Rising Leaders Academy – Panama City, FL
  • Science and Tech Academy at Knights Landing – Knights Landing, CA
  • SLAM Academy – Miami, FL
  • Southland College Prep Charter High School – Richton Park, IL
  • STRIVE Prep-Smart Academy – Denver, CO

 

The contest was launched by The Center for Education Reform (CER) in August in response to a segment of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, hosted by comedian John Oliver, which painted a scathing and untrue portrait of America’s charter schools.

“As we said then, Mr. Oliver could have focused on the great work being done by charters all across the country, or on the thousands of individual success stories charters have helped write,” said CER Founder & CEO Jeanne Allen. “But instead, he criticized the very idea of charter schools in every way he could, setting off a negative media frenzy and arming opponents with a bevy of distorted characterizations they could use to oppose charter school cap lifts, and spur calls for moratoriums on charter schools.”

“To bring some balance to his ‘report’ we asked schools, parents, teachers and students to produce a short video showing why they chose to attend their charter school, and why innovative and diverse schools can better serve the needs of students and communities. The results of the contest are extraordinary. Once you see the video content and hear the messages, you really understand how much these schools mean to kids, their families and communities.”

CER received 250 video entries from 32 states across the country. The videos were judged on creativity, originality, message, and impact.

The winner of the contest will be announced on November 14th, so as not to be overshadowed by the elections, and will receive a $100,000 donation prize.

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

Concerned About Presidential Candidates? It’s the Governors Who Will Truly Make the Difference for Education

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Education50 Voter’s Guide to Education Opportunity Reveals Deficiencies in Majority of Candidates

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November 1, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the The Center for Education Reform (CER) released its annual Voters Guide. The Education50 Voter’s Guide to Education Opportunity is primarily designed to empower the public with information on governors and state education chiefs whose positions are most likely to ensure meaningful changes in education, so that all learners at all levels have the chance to achieve the American Dream.

“Knowing which candidates would be most likely to fight for education opportunity is a must,” said CER Founder and CEO Jeanne Allen. “While the nation obsesses over their differences in the presidential election, let’s remember that our Founders gave education powers to the states.”

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Assessing candidates’ current or potential positions on educational opportunities and improvements in the teacher profession, the Education50 Voter’s Guide to Education Opportunity grades the candidates and summarizes their positions based on their viewpoints and actions on the following:

  • The proliferation of expanded education opportunities – public and private – that do not confine students to schools within their zip code and that ensure flexibility to allow for innovation.
  • The expansion or development of teacher quality initiatives that strengthen the teacher work force, raise the bar on performance and ensure strong but fair evaluations that allow teachers to be paid well for doing good.

Of the 13 states that elect their state education chiefs, five are holding elections next week. Twelve states will be voting on a new governor. The voters guide reveals that among all gubernatorial candidates, fewer than half earned grades of A or B for their positions, while most earned Cs or below.

“The states were once the leaders in bringing about education opportunity and innovation, across tri-partisan lines. We must be willing again to elect officials who are ready to take the tough action necessary to put children ahead of adult jobs in the implementation of policy if we are to help all citizens succeed,” cautioned CER’s Allen.

To learn where candidates stand on critical education issues, visit https://www.edreform.com/education-50.

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.

As a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to great opportunities for all children, students and families, The Center for Education Reform does not endorse candidates or take political positions, but will always recognize and applaud those who advance sound education policies.

Hillary’s Teachers’ Union Sellout

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A one-time charter school supporter, Clinton now does the bidding of the American Federation of Teachers.

by Larry Sand
City Journal
October 26, 2016

The latest Labor Department financial disclosure from the American Federation of Teachers shows that in 2015–16 the teachers’ union spent $28,593,366 on political activities and lobbying. The money flowed almost exclusively leftward. In fact, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, AFT has given $76,446,797 to Democrats and liberals and just $363,000 to Republicans and conservatives since 1990. In other words, less than one half of 1 percent of the union’s political spending goes to the Right (and, in those cases, the money is typically used to support the more left-leaning of two Republicans running against each other).

Among the recipients of AFT’s largess this year are the Democratic Governors Association; the radical Hispanic activist group, National Council of La Raza; and George Soros’s far-left Democracy Alliance. AFT’s big brother, the National Education Association, isn’t much more balanced in its political spending. About 3 percent of its political donations go to conservatives, though a 2005 internal NEA survey showed its members “are slightly more conservative (50%) than liberal (43%) in political philosophy.” There is little reason to think the AFT or any other union is much different in the political makeup of its rank and file. Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, which serves both public and private employees, acknowledged this past January that “64 percent of our public members identify as conservative.” Yet, going back to 1990, just one-half of one percent of the $234 million that SEIU spent on politics has gone rightward.

Additionally, the AFT made “contributions, gifts, and grants” of $5,076,607 in 2015–2016. These gifts weren’t made to the Boy Scouts or the Little Sisters of the Poor. Almost 10 percent of the union’s gifts went to the Clintons: $250,000 to both the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. The AFT has given a total of $2.2 million over the last four years to the Clintons, and Hillary has dutifully fallen into line with her union benefactors. She once supported charter schools. No more.

At July’s National Education Association convention, Clinton made the mistake of diverting from the union party line, saying, “When schools get it right, whether they are traditional public schools or public charter schools, let’s figure out what’s working . . . and share it with schools across America.” This didn’t go over well with some of the union faithful, who booed. Realizing that she had strayed from union orthodoxy, Clinton made a course correction and railed against people pushing “for-profit charter schools on our kids. We will never stand for that. That is not acceptable.” Later, she asserted that, “There is no time for finger pointing, or arguing over who cares about kids more. It’s time to set one table and sit around it together—all of us—so we can work together to do what’s best for America’s children.” That table, Clinton promised, will always have “a seat for educators.” Two weeks later, at the American Federation of Teachers convention, she repeated her “seat at the table” promise.

Are those seats really for educators? Hardly. The reserved VIP seating is for union bosses and their fellow travelers. Clinton’s policy advisors include Lily Eskelsen García and Randi Weingarten, leaders of the two national teachers’ unions. They are joined by Carmel Martin and Catherine Brown, vice-presidents of the Center for American Progress, a leftist think tank financially supported by the teachers’ unions. Also present is education reformer Chris Edley, president of the Opportunity Institute, a California-based think tank whose board is a collection of Clinton cronies. And finally there is Richard Riley, who served as Bill Clinton’s education secretary and was the recipient of the NEA’s Friend of Education Award, which is really a “Friend of the NEA” award.

Clinton’s pandering to the teachers unions didn’t please education reformers, including some on the left. A troubled Democrats for Education Reform president Shavar Jeffries lamented, “There’s a lot of anxiety about the transition from this president to the next administration.” Kevin Chavous, a Democrat and founding board member of the American Federation for Children, added, “So far Clinton has largely been a representative of the interests of teachers’ unions and the status quo, which is in opposition to parents and students and will serve to be on the wrong side of history.”

Chavous is correct. Hillary Clinton has sold out to the teachers’ unions. Schoolchildren are the biggest losers.

Larry Sand, a retired teacher, is president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network and a contributor to City Journal’s book, The Beholden State: California’s Lost Promise and How to Recapture It.

HBO Bigot Pollutes Charter Debate

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by Stephen I. Mayo
Soundview Rising
October 14, 2016

Ah… the Hollywood Axis of Evil. We have become accustomed to its denizens poking their stimulant-addled noses into matters of public policy, and making profound asses of themselves; from actor Sean Penn’s ludicrous foray into international drug-cartel diplomacy to star Leonardo DiCaprio’s half-baked musings on climate change control. Lately, we have been exposed to the pedagogical theories of cable network Home Box Office through one of its starlets, a Mr. John Oliver.

Oliver’s HBO presentation over the financial and personnel problems of a single charter school sought to sully the entire charter school movement. These new, public, choice-based independent schools of learning were subjected to the full sensationalist Lifetime Channeltype creative treatment and the Picasso-like thing was plain nasty.

Is this what to expect from an uninformed dabbler from abroad who reportedly delights in skewering hypocrisy and foolishness in our American life? His “Besmirch and Destroy” outing reflects nothing so much as class-bigotry and know-nothingism crudely aimed at the former “Colonial Possessions” by a subject of the United Kingdom; a former world empire whose leadership in science and education is way past its due date?

The Labor (socialist) –Party domination of post-World War II English politics caused the nation’s competitive failings and financial sclerosis, only reversed by Prime Minister Thatcher’s capitalist reforms in the 1980s. Would HBO and Oliver import discredited socialist precedents to our shores to suffocate the charter school movement? If it weren’t for these and other reforms, America’s state-run, local systems of education would continue to mimic the Mother Country’s worst post war inefficiencies and mediocrity.

It is hard to fathom how HBO and Oliver’s miserable mission was launched. Did it exude from one of those woozy, overly-long pool parties in the Hamptons or Hollywood where such glittery types “summer?”

I can tell you that charter school administrators, teachers and entrepreneurs spent THEIR summer planning expansion of their curricula and facilities. In August, I attended my first meeting with the board of a year-old charter primary school not far from where I am standing today. Previously, I served on the board of the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter High School in Hunts Point (in another part of the Bronx where Oliver’s claque have not been seen lately). So the many unpaid volunteer teachers, aides and board members (drawn from the ranks of parents, friends, business owning women and men in the neighborhood) know a little of what they are talking about when discussing the charters’ track records, which include: superior graduation rates, category-leading district test scores, unprecedented parental attendance and community involvement at school functions; unparalleled post-graduate success.

The fact is, around the lively and industrious “Green Streets” of Port Morris, NY prospects have never been brighter for school kids since the founding of the Bronx’s first charter school more than a decade ago and now there are now more than sixty of them in the borough alone – and 3,000 or so more throughout the nation.

Why don’t the HBO bigwigs go to Harlem, Crown Heights or Morrisania in the Bronx and see how real school reform is being accomplished. Students, teachers, volunteers and business owners, administrators and technicians implementing variations on the traditional state school model without a penny of additional cost to the public (there are, in fact, some charter schools delivering superior primary education to our inner cities at lower than average cost!). All this happening now, here in Mott Haven, the Bronx for instance, which for more than 30 years was among the most crime-ridden locales and within the most impoverished Congressional District in the nation!

Of course, John Oliver and the children of the Clintons, Obamas and Bushes enjoyed the privileges of great wealth with elite prep educations instead of taking a risk with ordinary government schools. Well, good for them. There’s nothing wrong with wealth; without it, school reform would be impossible and the choices would be much narrower. Wealthy families contributing resources and time along with private foundations, and private and public universities (including the State University of New York) state education departments (including the Board of Regents of the State of New York) and of course public education systems throughout the nation have been major benefactors of the 7,000 or so charters presently in operation. Without the unique public/private charter hybrid alternative, options available to the likes of the Olivers, Clintons, Obamas and Bushes would be closed off to typical city-and suburban-dwelling students for the simple reason of cost!

But why should alternative educational methods be limited to the uber-rich of Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Beverly Hills? Despite the unearned hostility of bureaucrats, politicians and public employee unions and others invested in the “status quo” (such as profit-seeking testing and publishing operations) many public charters, traditional private operators and even homeschoolers still outperform one-size fits-all government institutions. This is true despite the fact that public choice-charters, composed of the highest proportions of African-American, Spanish-speaking and other minority children, consistently out-perform public non-choice schools when matched against educational pacesetters in Asia and Europe.

For supporters of intellectual and cultural expression, free inquiry and individual actualization, privately-launched, non-majoritarian government options like charters should be an inspiration to the creative and entertainment classes that Oliver purports to represent. Instead it provokes their anxiety, ridicule and meanness.

Those who tolerate the continuing underachievement of “Big Education” will likely excuse the inefficacies and failures of “Big Business,” “Big Government” and “Big” national teachers’ unions; clearly, their acceptance of such malignancies is a perquisite of their wealth. But dare they continue to impede families desiring to evade selfish private interest and to begin enjoying the American Dream for themselves? The HBO ilk must be called to account for perpetuating more “deferred dreams” for the underprivileged and disregarding the wishes of hundreds of thousands of independent-minded, taxpaying parents and their children. The public choice-charter movement is an immutable force, growing in economic and political clout and unwilling to wait for monopolistic oligarchies to reform themselves!

The distemper of “Oliver’s Army of Ignorance” might be attributed to politically correct bigotry or a congenital inability to consider dissonant points of view. It really doesn’t matter. The media elites’ disregard for facts “on the ground” in the “less tony” precincts of our inner cities can no longer be pardoned as parody or satire.

The story of the American charter school experiment is worthy of serious debate, but HBO has recused itself from the intellectual issue of the age; the readiness of America’s future “delegation” to the emerging world community. Reactionary professional misconduct of this order is worthy of the state media of National Socialist Germany or the Soviet Union, not one of the greatest independent American media conglomerates in history.

If you are interested in joining the conversation about the new American Revolution in education, see www.edreform.com. Find out how to visit a working public-choice charter school in your community.

Author: Stephen I. Mayo: Bronx-born; NYC public schools graduate; attorney, broadcaster, journalist, charter school board member. Director: Mayo Linoleum Works LLC

Newswire: October 25, 2016 — Take Action for Education Before You Vote this Election — Strong Charter Laws Mean Strong Schools — Global Education Innovation Festival in New York

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CHILDREN DESERVE A GREAT EDUCATION… Make sure they get it. Take action before heading to the polls this November 8th and make sure your friends and neighbors understand what is at stake in this election. CER’s Voter Education guide will be available this week and other initiatives require your attention. For example, if you live in Massachusetts or know anyone who does, you will want to give them this link to activate their involvement in ensuring that the more than 30,000 students get off charter school waiting lists and into schools they need.

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IT’S BIPARTISAN. Hats off to leaders who are putting aside politics in order to do right by kids, like Speaker DeLeo in MA & Ed Sec John King, who says charter caps like the one in MA are “arbitrary” and a “mistake.”

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SPEAKING OF OPPORTUNITY… “District’s shouldn’t be forced to oversee charter schools,” CER’s Jeanne Allen tells the Los Angeles Times. California’s experience shows the critical importance of multiple authorizers and strong charter laws that do not depend on traditional education agencies. The key to more opportunity is ensuring that we enable more institutions to approve and oversee charter schools.

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STRONG LAWS. Charter schools have become the single most effective public school reform, however the majority of charter school laws in the US are inadequate to address the needs of students and parental demands. Strong laws mean strong schools. The Next Generation Charter Schools Act –- a collaboration between The Center for Education Reform, informed state legislators and leaders working in education – provides a blueprint for paving the way for greater opportunities for kids. The Center has been grading and analyzing charter school laws since 1996, and our 17th edition is in the works right now!

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GLOBAL ED FESTIVAL. The must-attend event in December for the edtech community is New York EdTech Week! This global education innovation festival offers connections, capital, culture, and more – focusing on how edtech can drive and advance learning. It’s produced by StartED (of which CER’s Jeanne Allen is a managing director), and provides access to the industry’s largest and most influential network of leaders in education and technology. The Center is a partner and sponsor and we’re looking for more!

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SUSPENSE BUILDING. Who will win the Back Off My Charter School Video Contest? Only the Shadow knows.

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Education Secretary John King Opposes NAACP Call for Charter Caps

Says charter caps like those in Massachusetts are “arbitrary” and “a mistake”

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October 19, 2016

Today Secretary of Education John King, in remarks at the National Press Club, joined the chorus of education leaders, elected officials and respected members of the African-American community in criticizing by the NAACP‘s decision to demand moratoriums on charter schools.

He commented that caps on charter schools only serve to limit the amount of high-quality classroom seats available. King explained that “any arbitrary cap on the growth of high-performing charters is a mistake in terms of our goal of trying to improve opportunity for all kids”. 

King’s comments on charter schools come right on the heels of comments made by Sephira Shuttlesworth, wife of the late civil rights leader Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, who in the Lowell Sun called on Massachusetts voters to approve more charter schools and bring her late husband’s vision to life, “… educational opportunity for all …the battle for which he and others repeatedly put their lives on the line rages on.” Rev. Shuttlesworth founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was one of the key leaders in the civil rights movement.

Earlier this fall, chief of staff and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Wyatt T. Walker said if Dr. King were alive he would have supported charter schools “without a doubt.” The interview appeared in Real Clear Life in September. 

“Charter schools have proven to be some of the most effective means to educating students most in need of diverse learning opportunities. They have the changed lives of countless individuals in the communities they serve,” said CER Board of Directors member Donald Hense. Hense, himself a civil rights activist, founded Friendship Public Charter Schools in Washington, DC and served under Marion Wright Edelman at Children’s Defense Fund. “Limiting charter schools is like limiting education,” added Hense. 

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education. 

Chicago Teacher Strike Avoided, But Union Control Remains An Issue

Statement from CER Founder and CEO on contract deal reached at Chicago’s largest charter school network.

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October 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — The following statement was issued today by Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, regarding a contract deal reached this morning at 3am that averted a strike from the United Educators of Uno Charter School Network (UCSN). The charter school network is Chicago’s largest, with 16 schools and more than 500 teachers and staff:

“There is one — and only one — issue at play here and that is ensuring that the 8,000 students at the UNO Charter School Network are given the best educations possible. A strike would have done nothing but steal valuable days of education from students at the UNO network.

“While we are glad the UCSN came to the table to negotiate in good faith in order to ensure that their students do not lose any days of school, the underlying issue here is the desire for unions to control charter schools, their operational and personnel decisions, precisely two key aspects of traditional public education that charter schools were created to innovate away from.

“The UNO Charter School network is an exemplary charter school network posting higher graduation rates, student attendance rates, and ACT scores than their non-selective CPS peer schools. The unions actions are setting this successful school on a course of mediocrity toward failure. While we respect the legal option for teachers to bargain, doing so more often than not puts adult jobs ahead of student needs.

“CER is proud to stand with the leadership of the Uno Network, who implored the union not to strike, and will continue to fight along side them and all schools across the nation to ensure schools have the ability to provide an excellent education for their students.”

About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.