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Editor’s Note: This is the latest in an occasional series documenting where the American Federation of Teachers sends Karran Harper Royal.

A few weeks ago, New Orleans activist Karran Harper Royal was out in sunny Los Angeles – courtesy of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) – to share her two cents about the evils of New Orleans charter schools at a UTLA protest against Eli Broad.

This week, AFT is sending Royal to colder climes – Boston – once again with the same aim of spreading misinformation about the progress seen in New Orleans’ charter schools. This morning, Royal will be the guest of honor at an event being hosted by the Massachusetts Education Justice Network (MEJN).

Royal has been invited to speak to MEJN members about how “NOLA schools were transformed almost overnight into an all-charter district” (of course, as I’ve shown elsewhere, schools weren’t turned into charters overnight). Not surprisingly, one of the main member organizations of MEJN is AFT Massachusetts, which is currently fighting against Governor Charlie Baker’s proposal to raise the charter school cap in Massachusetts.

It seems like every time AFT is engaged in a fight over charter schools, they bring Royal out to help make the case why kids should be denied the education they deserve. I guess that means Karran Harper Royal will be doing a lot of traveling on their behalf. But not to worry, we’ll be keeping tabs on her union-funded exploits here at Citizen Education!

Pete Cook

Pete became involved in education reform in New Orleans Public Schools as a 2002 Teach For America corps member and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. He now works as a consultant and writer working to ensure public schools meet the needs of low-income students. He lives in New Orleans.

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