ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Charter School Authorizers is a well-known policy group, sought-after as a resource for lawmakers who believe the group supports school choice. Its close relationship and policy agreement with teachers unions suggests otherwise.
Teachers unions have long opposed empowering parents and advancing free market school choice. A study by the Heritage Foundation found that teachers unions spend millions to advocate increased teacher salaries and benefits, while fighting to maintain the status quo in the classroom. The National Education Association (NEA) itself promotes the idea that somehow charter schools are more vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse than traditional public schools — which is false. NEA is the nation's biggest supporter of a "one size fits all" approach to public schools.
The CEO of NACSA, Greg Richmond, brags that his organization and teachers unions are "in agreement" when "it comes to the issue of what charter schools should and should not do."
That's not a pro-school choice stance, says Expose Liberal Charter School Turncoats (ELECT) President Dan Curry.
"Parent choice in education exists because the one-size-fits-all model of public education has proven to be ineffective and harmful to students," Curry said. "For NACSA to be in lock-step with union bosses who want to perpetuate that system exposes them as anti-school choice."
NACSA's close ties to the teachers unions mirrors its liberal funding sources from organizations that promote federal mandates of Common Core and other extreme positions even outside of education policy.
Curry is asking legislators to take note.
"Legislators must beware of the groups pushing extreme agendas in their states," Curry concluded. "School choice is a crucial issue for parents and children and education policy shouldn't be made in coordination with an anti-school choice wolf in sheep's clothing."
Expose Liberal Charter School Turncoats is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization that was created by free market conservative leaders who trust parents to choose the best learning environment for their children. The group will be posting regular updates on its website www.ExposeTurncoats.org, on Facebook: ExposeTurncoats, and on Twitter: @ExposeTurncoats.
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