L.A. Charter School Backers Plan to ‘Take Back’ Mayor’s Office, Battle Teachers Union, Internal Email Shows

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Charter school supporters protest in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2019. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Charter school supporters protest in Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2019. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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In the wake of the Los Angeles teachers strike, a group of key charter school supporters, concerned about political backlash, worked on a plan to stem anti-charter sentiment and regain control of local education reforms.

The strategy under discussion was to “take back” the Board of Education and the mayor’s office, develop a lawsuit against the school district and attack the local teachers union, United Teachers Los Angeles.

These goals are laid out in a March email from education activist Ben Austin to an inner circle of charter backers. The email attempts to summarize their joint discussions to date and their agenda going forward.

Contacted early Tuesday morning, Austin declined to comment, and several recipients of the email have distanced themselves from the views expressed.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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