Giving Compass' Take:

• Andy Stern at The Daily Beast argues that the verdict is in: Charter schools are not the future and we need to start a new conversation on education. 

• How can philanthropists, administrators, and our government start changing the conversation about education? 

Here's an evaluation on charter school expansion's impact on district schools. 


The recent LA teachers strike, and the school board’s vote to recommend a moratorium on new charter schools, reignited the a long-standing debate on charter schools—one that seems so dated.

The strike brought back memories of my first experiences with education policy as President of SEIU, America’s largest non-teaching union. It was around 2005. I replaced Sandy Feldman, then president of the American Federation of Teachers, as a judge for the LA-based Broad Foundation prize for urban schools (later I became a board member). Unions promoted education reform—but different kinds. The AFT’s iconic president, Al Shanker, backed “the greatest possible choice among public schools,” while the competitor union, the National Education Association, promoted charter schools’ role in “incubating innovation within the existing public education system.”

Read the full article about the charter school debate by Andy Stern at The Daily Beast