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