The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has made no secret of its antipathy toward teacher unions and teacher voice in charter schools, despite the growing presence of unionized charter schools in the charter school world. In the month since the public announcement of the innovative Green Dot NY–UFT contract, their blog has been unable to bring themselves to even mention its existence in their daily round-up of news stories involving charter schools. Over the same period of time, it has managed to cover not only every other news story, but every anti-union opinion piece it can find.
It was with some interest then that we noted the appearance — and quick disappearance — of a NAPCS blog post on the subject of “Card Check” and Charters, submitted by NAPCS staffer and lawyer Tiffani Tatum. Notices of the post were sent to Facebook and Twitter, and appeared in Google Reader. But when one followed the link at the end of the notice, one ended up on a NACPS web page which declared “access denied.” Twenty-four hours later, one still ends up on the same page when following the link, and all mention of the original post has been expunged from the NACPS blog.
Here is the content of the notice, with the link:
“Card Check” and Charters
from Blogs | National Alliance for Public Charter Schools by sjohnson
Submitted by Tiffani Tatum on July 22, 2009 – 5:01pm
Despite reports of a possible re-write (see below), the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) remains stalled in Congress. Advocates and opponents alike agree that, if enacted, EFCA will dramatically change the unionization process in the private sector. Even though charter schools are public schools, some states classify their charter school employees as private sector employees, which means that up to a third of states with charter schools could be impacted. A quick primer/update:
As the bill is currently written, EFCA:
So what did NAPCS have to say on the subject that suddenly was no longer fit for public eyes? Could it be that just as charter schools are public schools, except when denying their public status might be used in an effort to forestall the right of teachers to organize and bargain collectively, NAPCS anti-union discourse on the subject is fit only for private eyes? Inquiring minds need to know.