Memo to charter leaders: ‘It’s better to be feared than loved. Right now we are neither’

In a planning email, reproduced below, education activist Ben Austin laid out an agenda for charter schools and their allies in the wake of the Los Angeles teachers strike. One issue during the six-day strike in January was charter schools, which union leaders said were undermining traditional public schools. The union called for a moratorium on new charters, and the public’s positive response to striking teachers created concern among charter supporters.

Based on input from the group, Austin listed goals such as: “Take back” the Board of Education and the mayor’s office, developing a lawsuit against the school district and attacking United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union. All of these measures would make things better for students as well as for charter schools, Austin wrote, in attempting to sum up the direction of the group. Click here to read more: