California, Jordi, California Public discussed on Jim Bohannon
We're talking about the Los Angeles teachers strike, so would it simply be a case of the the teacher's union. Battling charter schools is that a major impetus behind all of this. Yes. Yes. I got an explaining a year ago. A majority of the board of new members were elected Jordi, the boards pokes charter schools. Charter schools have to be approved by the board of education because they are public schools. The can't charge tuition. They have to prove that they operate under different charter, usually they will we talked earlier. So that might be an online charter school. I son actually went to a home school charter school. We were supported when we were home schooling him. There's there's charter schools that focus on the arts on stem. All sorts of. And so when that happened the the the union was doing like, okay now, there's going to be a push to create more charter schools twenty percent right now, we're charter of the kids are educated and charter schools and advocates of trying to push that over fifty percent. And and every every time a charter school opens, they hire teachers teachers are well paid sometimes in excess of what the teachers making in the union, but they're not unionized. So the union sees them as a as a huge threat. And so that's one of the reasons they made. Tap on charter schools key demand. And they're simply. I don't think there's any way the the majority who approach are because they are the best way to educate kids are gonna see death. So let me get this straight. You're say there's a majority that the wishes charter schools and sees it as a better way to educate kids. But that the teachers union is so locked into California state government that they can impose a cap on this just defender their own nest am I understand correctly? Their lyrics in their negotiation man's from the teacher's union. Is that there'd be a cap on charter school in LA? Exactly. It'll just get other words just to cover their own behinds. I mean, I mean, they wouldn't be popular if they didn't work. I just find it remarkable that the California Public officials are so venal that in exchange for a few votes that they would shoot something like this down. I I don't know. It's not easy to astound me. But this actually does. Well, yeah. It's a very interesting thing that's going on. Because there's a lot of Democrats this. California's very democrat a lot of Democrats who are strong supporters of charter schools. Most of the elected officials aren't because it's union cash that Alexa. So so you have this split. And like I said just last year the people that supported charter schools managed to get school board members elected you support charter school. And and actually the key reasons they're on strike. So it's it's it's quite a thing. That's playing out. It's. This all over Florida. More and more charter schools, which as you said are very very popular waiting lists to get into most charter school. So why are we making more of them? And and that's what that's what the majority on the school board is saying we eat more of these schools. They're so popular and doing such a great job of educating kids that that is a very interesting at so in other words, there is a split. We know the Democrats run the state of California. But I think what I hear you saying is that there is a split among Democrats that there are many Democrats who favored the benefits of charter schools, but that the entrenched establishment if I'm not using an incorrect description or depiction is opposed to them. Exactly, exactly. And so it's it's set up most Republicans do support charter schools. The democratic rank and file and the donor support charter schools, but because the unions are so powerful financially in their campaign contributions. They don't and so they often they elect people who don't also which is the other thing. I was telling you about it. But now, there's this, you know, now now no one has to belong to the union. So only used to have this steady supply of cash coming in from teachers who had and now those teachers have choice, and so it's one of the California policy centers. They're never knew a can let teachers know they don't have to pay money to the union anymore. So anyhow. It's all it's all very interesting in kind of all intertwined, but that's what's going on here in California. Teacher strikes. Most most intriguing and the saddest with the charter schools is that some but not all are unionized. Are they represented by the same union as the public school teachers? Yes. I'd say so it's a pretty small percentage. I don't have any percentage for that. It's less than ten percent of the charter schools should unionize. And and the ones that are unionized unaware of UT LA union here and yes, the represented by the same. Stay with us more to come. This is interesting look at the politics behind the scene. We're talking with the Mark Bucher again. He's the chief executive officer of the California policy center there.