NYSUT's western New York regional director, Michael Preskop, told the paper his organization "has never been comfortable with the funding mechanism" for charter schools since it "pits charter schools against other public schools."
Yeah, Mr. Preskop
, and your organization sides with those "other public schools" EVERY time against charter schools and the very teachers it purports to represent.
It always has.
No matter the "funding mechanism," district and charter schools will always be at some level of competition, whether the funding flows through the district, as it currently does, or if it all came directly from the state.
Interestingly, one report I received from the protest was that Mr. Preskop
offered to sit and talk with the protesting teachers.
But, after making his
remarks to reporters, he
had a change of heart and went back inside to his
office, did not meet with anyone, then eventually departed the premises.