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  •  In California we had lots of choice in the past. (0+ / 0-)

    Schools were encouraged to establish programs that used various methods of teaching and met the needs of each child. Those were eroded by funding cuts and the testing mentality. Waldorf is a fabulous system, but doesn't produce children who can spit out good test scores in the early grades. Language immersion, the best method to develop second or third language fluency, is gone because they kids don't schore welll enough in English in the early grades. Ungraded instruction, alternative methods, and others don't fit the new requirements. Teachers would love to be able to be flexible, but the testing meme does not allow that. Yes, charters can be creative because they don't have to meet the same standards as public schools. Some charters are terrific, but most are just a path for businesses to make money, break the unions, or follow someone's pet idea.

    Charters most often get the same funding as public schools. In addition, they have lots of help from foundations and public grants. We are paying for all of that by giving tax breaks to the foundations to donate the money, so charters ultimately receive more public money that other schools. They are allowed to be for-profit firms, and the stock owners make a nice profit. Too many scandals have revealed principals that make $1 million/year, shady procedures siphoning off funds to relatives of the management, poorly paid teachers, inadequate facilities, etc. On top of it all, the charters receive the funds for educating a child for a year, then don't have to pay them back if the kids are kicked out or the charter goes broke and kids have to go back to the public system.

    The solution would be for teachers to again be allowed to meet the needs of their kids, the parents to be engaged in developing and supporting quality programs, and public support for public institutions.

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