Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

What Did Al Shanker Actually Say about Charter Schools?

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

What Did Al Shanker Actually Say about Charter Schools?

Article excerpt

AFT president Albert Shanker outlined his ideas for a second wave of reform in American education when he spoke to the National Press Club on March 31, 1988. He never used the phrase "charter schools" but, instead, described a procedure he believed would infuse change into schools and school systems, all with the aim of improving student learning.

Here's part of what he actually said:

The school district and the teacher union would develop a procedure that would encourage any group of six or more teachers to submit a proposal to create a new school. Do not think of a school as a building, and you can see how it works. Consider six or seven or 12 teachers in a school who say, 'We've got an idea. We've got a way of doing something very different. We've got a way of reaching the kids that are now not being reached by what the school is doing.'

That group of teachers could set up a school within that school which ultimately, if the procedure works and it's accepted, would be a totally autonomous school within that district.

The district should create a panel that would be used to either approve or reject the teacher proposals that would come in. …

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