Families for Excellent Schools, the charter school advocacy group, will hold a rally of charter teachers next week in an attempt to undermine the United Federation of Teachers' representation of public school teachers, according to several people with knowledge of the event.
Wednesday's rally is intended to challenge the notion the UFT speaks for New York City teachers. More than 1,000 charter school teachers are expected to attend the rally to declare their support for charters, which typically are not unionized.
FES' messaging surrounding the rally does not refer directly to the UFT or to teachers unions. Instead, it alludes only to "special interest groups" that prioritize benefits for adults over education for students.
As is typical for FES events, the rally will be attended largely by teachers from Success Academy, New York City's largest and most controversial charter network.
FES is going to get a 1,000 charter school teachers to rally for the wonders of charter schools?
I dunno, seems like a bit of a comedown from the 15,000 they had at the last rally, no?
Not to mention that this is the kind of rally that allows charter critics to point out the brutal attrition rates at charters - especially Success Academies - and ask just how sustainable this kind of model would be for the system at large.
I'm no political strategist, but I don't exactly see that much upside to this idea.
Looks to me like Families for Excellent Schools, with money to burn, just wants to keep churning out the propaganda, but just as with the race-baiting ad they pulled out a couple of weeks ago, I'm not sure this one helps them that much.
What say you out there?
Is this a good idea from FES?