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.

4 Responses to “Charter Schools- Is It Time”

  1. Lisa says:

    This is not new and Mississippi is the last to prove the concept fails.

    With so much evidence showing that Charter is not better there has to be another reason for the Government to start this program. I can think of a few reasons but without hard evidence they become speculation.

    Perhaps money and lobbyists are running the show or this is a smoke screen to hide the inability to fix problems.

    Basically the Tupelo Alternative school is a contract school that has very poor results.

    A good book on education is “The Underground History of American Education” by John Taylor Gatto

    Gatto is an award winning retired teacher in NYC

    He also writes about Charter schools as well as the problems of public schools.

  2. Lisa says:

    Seattle Public Schools’ framework for Creative Approach Schools will allow those schools to opt out of many district and union requirements as long as 80 percent of their teachers sign on. Some watchdogs are concerned about lack of School Board control and the high rate of teacher agreement needed.

    Huddled together in their Georgetown office, the leaders came up with a possible pre-emptive strike against a key argument in support of charter schools — that their use of unique methods allows them to help some students who don’t succeed in normal schools.

    “We wanted to be able to say that there’s no reason to have charters in Seattle,” union Vice President Jonathan Knapp said. “Because the thing that they always say is that charters provide flexibility. Well, we can have flexibility in public schools, too.”

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  4. Scoop says:

    Let’s call them what it really are. Charter schools in Mississippi are just the first stepping stones back to Jim Crow segregation. It’s a way to publicly fund the private “academies” that popped up seconds after forced integration. I really don’t want to see my tax dollars fund racism.

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