L.A. Charter School Backers Plan to Fight Back Against Growing Anti-Charter Sentiment

Charter school advocates have a secret plan to stem the rising backlash against the charter movement and regain control of the debate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The strategy — which includes an effort 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," per the Los Angeles Times — was the subject of a March email from education activist Ben Austin to charter supporters.

Much of the email is devoted to efforts to fight back against the teachers unions, which have drummed up anti-charter sentiment.

“As Machiavelli says, it’s better to be feared than loved. Right now we are neither,” Austin says.

Austin would not comment on the memo to the newspaper. However, the publication says several of its recipients have tried to distance themselves from it, including former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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