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Retiree Benefits Become a Flashpoint in the Battle Between Charters and Traditional Schools

A Woodland Hills charter school recently made an unusual offer to its veteran teachers: We’ll give you $30,000 if you return to the Los Angeles Unified School District before you retire.

It wasn’t the teachers that El Camino Real Charter High School wanted to get rid of. It was the cost of their retirement benefits.

The school’s cost-shifting strategy is one of many flashpoints between traditional public schools and the independent charters they compete with for students and money.