A recent court case – Petition for Writ of Certiorari, Reisman v. Associated Faculties of Univ. of Maine, No. 19-847 (U.S. Jan. 2, 2020), 2020 WL 92186 – focused on the right to exclusive representation of charter school teachers, and a paper published by a law student revealed how schools – public versus charter – differ when it comes to educators’ rights in the workplace.
The suggested citation if you choose to cite this paper is as follows:
Wazlavek, Thomas D. Aaron, Defending Exclusive Representation: Tyranny of the Minority in the Workplace for Educators Poses Special Risks to Charter School Teachers (July 24, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3786361 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3786361
While the case ultimately may have been declined, the fight apparently still exists, regarding charter educators’ right to exclusive representation in the workplace.
The paper, linked above, details a history of court battles over educators’ rights to representation while also covering a few key differences between charter and public school employment, and it is an eye-opener.
Educators working in public schools seem to have more rights, and I am left wondering why educators would want to work in charter schools, especially given that educators in charter schools have less power and freedom when certification handling is concerned.
If you are an educator, or are considering becoming an educator, it might be good to read the paper and learn more about the fight for educators’ rights in the workplace.
March 19, 2021