The pros and cons of charter schools

A front view of a school bus owned by Los Angeles Unified School District of Los Angeles, California. Credit: Fahim Fadz/Wikimedia Commons.

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed his first non-budget-related bill, which will regulate charter schools. This comes after teachers went on strike in Oakland and in Los Angeles to demand more rules for charters, among other things. Those strikes highlighted the problems charters pose for unionized teachers. Charters don’t have a unionized workforce. But there’s a reason these schools have caught on. When run right, parents see them as an attractive option.