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  •  For-profit charters are horrible. (0+ / 0-)

    But a parent trigger that converted to a non-profit charter would be a good thing.

    •  The parent trigger in California (2+ / 0-)
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      is done by petition with no public discussion or notice. It's not a vote and it's not democratic.

      By contrast, you can imagine a process where the affected community votes in a regular election or after a public hearing where everyone lays out the alternatives.

      My daughter's district is one where the community fought to break away from a larger district. But, they remain public schools with an elected board. A process like that would make far more sense.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 09:44:30 PM PDT

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      •  and the one place where it was done (1+ / 0-)
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        and IIRC that was Adelanto?   a significant number of the parents want to rescind their signatures but were not allowed to by a judge

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 06:55:39 AM PDT

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        •  In both cases, parents asked to rescind their (1+ / 0-)
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          signatures.

          In the Adelanto case, some of the charter operators under consideration actually have lower test scores than the target school.

          In addition, in Adelanto, there was no attempt to change the school board and the school had a brand new principal, mostly to address concerns about the school that the board had.

          What a waste of time and resources and energy. The money that's been spent on lawyers could have hired a couple of new teachers for the smaller class sizes that parents wanted and it probably would have paid for the nurse they wanted, too.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:31:45 AM PDT

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