Claire B. Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, New York, NY

“I am not a fan of charter schools. Why? Because I believe that they are undemocratic. Anything running by market logic is by nature undemocratic: markets, by their very nature, become robust by weeding out those who, for many reasons, cannot or will not be allowed to compete.”

- Claire B. Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, New York, NY. Her specialties are feminism, political history and cultural criticism.

IPS, teachers union at odds over legislation

By Eric Weddle, USA TODAY

Legislation that would let Indianapolis Public Schools convert low performing schools into charter schools or allow other charters to use the district’s vacant buildings is causing concern for teacher union representatives.

Eva Moskowitz: Teachers Union Enemy No. 1

By Matthew Kaminski, The Wall Street Journal

For several months running, the Bill and Eva Show has been the talk of New York City politics. He is the new mayor, Bill de Blasio, an unapologetic old-school liberal Democrat, scourge of the rich and of public charter schools. She is Eva Moskowitz, fellow Democrat and educational-reform champion who runs the city’s largest charter network.

Emanuel defends new charter schools

By John Byrne, Chicago Tribune

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday dismissed criticism aimed at his hand-picked school board’s decision to approve seven new charter schools after it shuttered 47 neighborhood schools last year, saying they’re two separate issues.