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  •  Charter schools actual effect (10+ / 0-)

    What charters do is use public money without supervision by the school board, which is private profit and public risk; socialize risk, privatize profit. What charters do is destroy unions and teachers, pushing them down the scale from professional to hourly wage slaves. What charters do is make a mockery and a canard of the phrase "public charter school".  What charters do is allow the best students, the easiest to educate, the non-IEP students, to be pulled out, leaving the actual public schools to do the rest.

    I will NEVER vote to increase or authorize tax monies where a charter is involved. And if you are in a charter district, I suggest you do the same.

    Charters are an evil and bad idea, and are destroying the public school system.

    •  Like Anything Else In Modern America, It Worksq (1+ / 0-)
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      as intended.

      Not as advertised.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 11:58:25 AM PDT

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    •  You forgot (0+ / 0-)

      Give kids a chance to escape a failing school. But, that's not really your motivation is it?

      You best believe it does

      by HangsLeft on Wed Mar 26, 2014 at 01:19:56 PM PDT

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    •  That may be true in some areas (0+ / 0-)

      but as someone who has navigated the charter process in Colorado I can speak to each of these issues. We are a district authorized charter meaning we are very closely monitored by the local school board, we must be re-approved annually, we must submit budgets to the district who then posts them for public review, we must have independent financial audits. We are subject to Colorado's open meeting laws and we legally operate as a board under the authority of the local school board. The only private profit is to those we purchase supplies from (mostly from the district warehouse) and our curriculum provider (no different than a public school). Yes we could affect union membership except for the fact that all of our teacher were district teachers last year save one. None were union members, and the one teacher who was not a district teacher happens to be ideologically opposed to unions making her not likely to join either. Colorado is a right to work state. But even so all of that is moot as our contract with the district binds us to rules set forth in the union contract. We have waivers for very specific areas of the union contract, but those waivers must also be renewed each year. Beyond that our teachers have the ability to join the union if they choose to, they just can't join through the local as the local does not have a specific contract with us. They get all the same benefits of membership including legal representation and political representation, and they get the other benefits by proxy because of our district contract.
      We also have a higher percentage of IEP students than any district school, in fact several area medical professionals are referring parents of autistic and ADHD children to our school. And we accept them until we run out of resources. State law only allows us so many staffed IEP students, were it up to us we would take any child we could help. Both of my children have IEP's and one is staffed SPED.
      I don't make any claims about charter schools being any type of panacea but there are good things that can come out of bad legislation. And charter schools provide opportunities that do not exist in public education. Yes, some of those opportunities are for profiteers, but some of those opportunities are for the children. Using the current system to do good does not preclude one from advocating for changes to the system.

      •  I am not saying that current schools are good (0+ / 0-)

        nor am I a huge fan of certain areas in the union approach to education - the Chicago teachers' strike of 2 years ago led to a huge unsustainable increase in teachers salaries, which led DIRECTLY to the closing of 59 schools the next year.

        What I think is the problem is the lack of neighborhood control. Every big city school system is a disaster, BECAUSE it is a big city school system. The size of the system leads to huge salaries for administrators, lack totally of any neighborhood input, and no control for the parent.

        What I believe we need is local schools with local neighborhoods, an end to busing or student relocation of any sort (which has been the biggest disaster in my 40 years of observing schools, and which has DIRECTLY led to huge loss of support for public schools). What is needed is a simple system of 3-4 elementaries which feed 1 middle school and 3 middle schools feeding one high school. No one can move outside their district. No school board would govern more than 2-3 schools.

        Your system does sound better than most.

        •  Another approach (0+ / 0-)

          is what my kids attended - a K-8 school, in which the middle school was a part of the elementary. This school has very strong community support. People are willing to pay more for it, and willingly endorse tax increases. In my area, we had several systems like that. I knew almost all the teachers. My kids walked 2 blocks to school.

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