Charter Schools- Is It Time

The legislature has started us down the road to charter schools in specific situations. The bill, passed out of committee yesterday, will allow charter schools in districs with poor performing schools. The kicker is that it could be the death knell for the public schools in that district beccause the tax payer money follows the student, even to a charter school not in his district. How will schools already struggling do with fewer students and less funding. Will those students without transportation be left in the public school? Will the better teacchers go to the charter school? Will what is left be viable as a public school? This rush to charter schools is a result of the Republican take over of our state govenment. What concerns me most is just how much valid research has gone into this bill or is this a push to satisfy constituents dissatisfied with public schools and would rather try something new than fix what is broken.

Dansette