The 7,000 delegates to the National Education Association Annual Meeting in Boston overwhelmingly approved a fundamental shift in policy by passing a new policy statement on charter schools.
The new NEA Policy Statement on Charter Schools will boost NEA’s forceful support of state and local efforts to limit charter growth and increase charter accountability, and slow the diversion of resources from neighborhood public schools to charters. Meanwhile, the policy allows the NEA to continue organizing charter school educators who want to provide all students, no matter where they live, with the opportunity for a great education, and are standing up for better, more accountable charter schools.
NEA last approved a charter school policy in 2001. Since then, the number of charter schools in the U.S. has risen dramatically and outstripped the ability of states and school districts to hold them accountable. The result has been a massive and burgeoning sector of charter schools that are not subject to the same basic safeguards and standards as public schools.