Boston Globe Opinion
Boston Globe columnist Scot Lehigh writes an opinion piece about the ongoing contract negotiations between the Boston Teachers Union and school officials, citing charter public schools as an "obvious point of comparison for the new contract."
"There were more than 10,000 applicants for about 1,200 Boston charter slots that will be available in the fall [of 2012]. Although that figure undoubtedly includes some families that applied to several charters, it still shows the deep interest in an alternative to the traditional schools. If the traditional system can’t or won’t respond appropriately itself, expect pressure to grow for change to be imposed from outside. After all, the last education reform bill, which raised the charter cap and gave managers enhanced authority to turn around chronically troubled schools, was in part a reaction to BTU intransigence on reform."