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In an unusual move, teachers at Englewood on the Palisades Charter School unionized this week and so joined a national debate about how well union rules can co-exist with charter schools’ push for autonomy.

Several teachers at the cozy enclave for 200 elementary school children said they joined the American Federation of Teachers to gain a stronger voice in school policy after the charter’s board unilaterally extended the school day this fall. Their move makes them the first charter teachers in Bergen or Passaic counties to unionize, joining teachers in about one-fifth of the state’s 73 charters.

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