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Teachers Group Seeks Meeting Following Charter School Reports

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The American Federation of Teachers is calling for a meeting this week with the first unionized charter school in Massachusetts after reports that teachers at the school are considering dissolving their union.

AFT President Tom Gosnell says he is trying to arrange a meeting this week with teachers from the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton. Gosnell said he's surprised that the teachers there told the Boston Globe that they are now thinking about ending their affiliation with the federation.

"I didn't know about any talk about withdrawing from the AFT," Gosnell said. "I did know some of the issues that were raised and we were dealing with those issues."

It was unusual for the 10 teachers at the school to unionize three years ago because charter school supporters accuse of unions of standing in the way of staffing flexibility.

This program aired on June 6, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.



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