Debate Over Charter Schools Looms Over Oakland Teacher Strike

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Oakland teachers, students and supporters rally in front of the State building to cheer on a bargaining team on Monday February 25, 2019. (Photo: Stephanie Lister /KQED)

More than a quarter of Oakland public school students were enrolled in charter schools last year and that has become a central issue for the city's teachers who have been on strike since last week. The union representing Oakland teachers has blamed charter schools, which are privately operated, publicly funded and mostly non-union, for diverting money from district schools. Forum talks about how charter schools affect school funding and about proposed laws to regulate charters.

Eric Heins, president, California Teachers Association

Myrna Castrejón, president and CEO, The California Charter Schools Association

Vanessa Rancaño, education reporter, The California Report

Jill Tucker, K-12 Education Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle


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