Friday, February 01, 2002

Teachers union may run charter school

The Associated Press

        AKRON — A contract is being written for a proposed teachers union charter school to attract public school high school dropouts back into the classroom.

        The Akron Education Association would be the only teachers union in Ohio to operate a charter school if it receives approval of the board of the Akron public schools.

        Such approval would require the board to abandon its policy against sponsoring any charter school.

        The school board expects to review the contract before its next board meeting Feb. 11, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Thursday.

        Charter schools operate with tax dollars that would otherwise go to public schools, and they can be controlled by private boards.

        The teachers union hopes to open its high school in September to compete with another charter school for teen-age dropouts.

        Some school board members and Superintendent Sylvester Small are backing the proposed charter school, believing it would offer students who dropped out a chance for a diploma.

        The union would run the school but would return 97 percent of the public money received to the district, keeping 3 percent to pay for liability insurance and similar expenses.

        The district would pay teachers' salaries at the school.


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