The National Labor Relations Board gives its verdict: charter schools are NOT public schools!
Oh, no, of course not! Everyone loves the teachers unions! It's not like reformies blame them for every problem under the sun or anything!
No, the issue here is that charter teachers are held to different labor standards than traditional public school teachers. But that doesn't mean that charter teachers aren't equal to public school employees! No, it just means that some public employees are more equal than others!
No, they aren't "like" government contractors - they are contractors. They are no different than Halliburton, and they pay to manipulate policy and politicians in exactly the same way as defense contractors.
Sorry, but it's not gray in the slightest. Charters are not subject to the same oversight, accountability, and legislation as public schools. They don't have to take every student who shows up at their door at any time of year. They don't have to serve the same population of students as their neighboring public schools: often, they don't.
And now we know charter school teachers are subject to different laws - laws governingprivate companies - than public school teachers.
The next time some reformy charter cheerleader tries to tell you that charters are public schools, tell them the federal government already settled the issue:
Charters are not public schools.
The debate is over.
ADDING: Oh, my...
Boy, that privatization is working out so awesome, ain't it?