Steve Barr is trying to instigate reform of the Los Angeles school district and teachers union with his Green Dot charter schools, which have their own teacher contract. Jo Anderson, executive director of the Illinois Education Assocation, also sees charters as an avenue to contract reform. Marilyn Stewart, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is eyeing Chicago’s charter schools. Michael Klonsky, founder of the Small Schools Workshop, moderates a discussion among the three at an Aug. 15, 2007 program co-sponsored by the Workshop, National-Louis University and Catalyst Chicago. For more information about Green Dot, go to

To listen to the conversation, click the link below. To read the transcript, go to Updates in the August 2007 web issue.

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