This letter references an article in the L.A. Times, May 2, “Charter Seekers at Top of Class: 24 High-performing San Fernando Valley Campuses Seek a Change of Status.”
Amazingly, it doesn't appear that these schools (existing schools applying to be charter schools) asked their teachers if they would be interested in changing their contract. Would the teachers like to end “step and column,” where they are insultingly paid as groups, rather than for individual effort and contributions to the school? Would they like to take the cap off the future salary schedule?
Most importantly, are they willing to get rid of layoffs by seniority? When poor-performing, tenured teachers advance students who are badly prepared, the next years' teachers pay the price in extra work to bring those kids up to speed. (La Cañada doesn't have many poor teachers, but why keep those few while periodically laying off some great teachers with lower seniority?)