A “policy playbook” released by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, suggests the Biden administration should focus on public schools ahead of all else and even curb access to charter and private schools.
Under a section about charter schools, the NEA claims that any “program that diverts resources from the traditional public schools that 90 percent of American students attend by definition undermines the promise of public education.” The organization called on the Biden administration to:
Oppose all charter school expansion that undermines traditional public schools. Bar federal funding to charter schools, charter school authorizers, and charter school management companies not authorized or operated by local school districts. Require charter schools, charter school authorizers, and charter school management companies to abide by the same laws and regulations applicable to traditional public schools.
Since the NEA says up front that they believe charter schools divert resources from traditional public schools, their first suggestion means they are in