American Federation of Teachers for Raleigh County hosts film and discussion on charter schools

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Guests sat back and relaxed at the Raleigh County Playhouse and Theatre to watch the documentary Backpack Full of Cash.

The documentary narrated by actor Matt Damon features principals, teachers, activists, parents, and students from cities around the country from 2013 to 2014, fighting for their education and trying to better their public school systems…

President of the AFT for Raleigh County, Linda Boyd stressed that bringing Charter Schools to West Virginia was a major sticking point in the fight against Omnibus Senate Bill 451, .and that the state’s economy cannot withstand charter schools.

“At it’s face value, charter schools sound good,” Boyd added. “Initially the unions were backing charter schools, but now they are privatized and it takes funding away from public education so we say ‘No charter schools in West Virginia.'”

She stressed that the funding and needs of public schools in our state should take top priority. The governor’s special session does not have a specific date yet.

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