Teachers’ strike highlights split among democrats over education

January 21, 2019 | The Wall Street Journal

The ongoing teachers’ strike roiling this city is highlighting renewed support for teachers unions and traditional public schools within the Democratic Party, eclipsing a push by some party members to embrace charter schools and other education options.

The strike—among the first in the current string of teacher protests to unfold in a blue state—is pitting the two sides of the debate against each other, underscoring a major policy difference among Democrats heading into the 2020 elections.

The intraparty split has existed for years, with unions on one end and civil-rights organizations, which urge changes to public education, on the other. The Obama administration backed the expansion of public charter schools and pushed for accountability measures, such as teacher evaluations and changes to tenure, that unions oppose.

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