Pa. cyber school unionizes; union says it’s a 1st
INO News Wed, 17 Jun 2009 13:43 PM PDT
(AP:HARRISBURG, Pa.) Teachers at a western Pennsylvania-based cyber charter school have voted to unionize, becoming the first such school to do so in the United States, according to a labor leader.
Cyber school teachers vote to unionize
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:07 AM PDT
Teachers at the PA Learners Online Regional Cyber Charter School have voted to be represented by the Pennsylvania State Education Association
In first, Pa. cyber charter school goes union
WHP CBS 21 Harrisburg Wed, 17 Jun 2009 09:05 AM PDT
The school serves Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through high school. It’s managed by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and is chartered by 10 school districts.
In a first, Pennsylvania cyber charter school goes union
The Daily Item Wed, 17 Jun 2009 08:49 AM PDT
HARRISBURG â€” A western Pennsylvania-based cyber charter school’s teachers are unionizing in what’s being called the first such action in the United States.
I find this very interesting, as supporters of the charter school movement will often say that one of the things that allows charter schools to be more flexible and accommodate students better than the traditional public school system is that they don’t have to deal with teacher unions. Well, at least the PA Learners Online Regional Cyber Charter School does have to deal with a teachers’ union now and I wonder if it will make them less able to accommodate students’ need because of it? Let’s face it, if the first statement (i.e., charter schools are more agile because of an absense of a teachers’ union) is true, then the opposite should be true when a a charter school becomes unionized.
So, what will this mean for the PA Learners Online Regional Cyber Charter School? How will it affect the school’s programming? Quality? Ability to accommodate students’ needs? Student performance? And more importantly, will other cyber charter schools follow suit?