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  •  The type of charter schools we need (4+ / 0-)

    The type of charter schools we need can be created and served by school districts.  School districts are managed by elected officials who are beholden to the will of the voters.

    There is no need to have a for profit charter school company.  Why should we add an extra step to the process?  

    One problem with charter schools that are run by corporate boards is that they can quit whenever they want.  Sure, they might breach a contract, but that's part of the process of doing business.  Businesses break contracts as part of their business doings all the time.

    Let's say you live in a small town in Texas.  Your district decides that Edison Schools makes a pretty good pitch and they start to allow them to run some schools.  But then Edison schools finds out that they can't actually make a profit, because there isn't enough money in the local school system.  

    So they quit.  They leave the schools.  They basically give them back to the district.  How disruptive is that to a district?  How will that effect student outcomes?  

    It's an unnecessary step.  I can certainly appreciate the desire to do it better, or differently, but I can't understand the idea that something called a "charter" will actually be able to do that.  

    As we move forward with charter schools, they will become less and less about giving some sort of local control, or parent control to a school, and more and more and more about giving companies an opportunity to wring more profit out of a public system.


    by otto on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 08:01:52 AM PST

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    •  I think that what gets lost in the Charter School (2+ / 0-)
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      miss SPED, SanFernandoValleyMom

      arguments is the fact that they are public schools. They are responsible to either a school district or a statewide education office. They are responsible to elected officials. And many of them are not run by corporations. The fact that a large number of them have been started by the very communities that they serve should be a positive to progressives, especially when the management of the school includes the voices of students, parents, and teachers.

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