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Labor in the Time of Trump$
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Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746598

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.001.0001

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Fighting and Defeating the Charter School Agenda

Fighting and Defeating the Charter School Agenda

(p.226) 12 Fighting and Defeating the Charter School Agenda
Labor in the Time of Trump

Kyla Walters

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the dynamics behind a high-profile campaign led by the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA). In 2016, right-wing forces sought to expand charter schools through a ballot initiative. Initially, all signs suggested that the charter expansion would easily pass. The MTA mobilized, and the ballot measure was defeated in a landslide. This chapter identifies several mechanisms that contributed to the teachers' success. Most important, the MTA committed to fighting. Together with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Jobs with Justice, and others, this grassroots coalition defeated Wall Street's money and showed the power of social justice organizing. Fifteen months later, in spring 2018, a string of strikes in red states showed that educators in many places have both the inclination and the capacity to fight, even where teacher strikes are prohibited.

Keywords:   charter schools, Massachusetts Teachers Association, teachers, social justice organizing, educators, teacher strikes

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