President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have made charter schools a big part of their reform agenda, but the pushback from unions has been fierce. Perhaps that explains why the new $10 billion federal teacher bailout will be dispensed in a way that discriminates against charters.
Under the Administration’s guidelines, charters that want the bailout money would have to do their own hiring and contribute to a public pension that takes nearly 20 cents of every dollar.
[But many charters] contract with education management organizations [to handle payroll,] OSHA mandates, and other rules for them. [According to the bailout rules, this practice would prevent them from getting bailout funds.]