Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs
The National Governors Association has endorsed charter schools.
Full of unsubstantiated claims and bogus info.
>At-risk students have fewer public school options than their peers. As a result, these students are often confined to lower performing public schools
Where in the world did this little tidbit come from?
>Transportation is guaranteed by NCLB for children in lower-performing public schools.
Guaranteed funding from the local school district, thereby ensuring a larger profit for the company running the school, with the taxpayers picking up the bill of course.
>Governors support requiring that public charter schools comply with the adequate yearly progress requirements of NCLB.
Here in Texas that is not a requirement, unless of course you want your atheletic teams to compete with public school teams, then you have to play by the same rules as the public schools (academic, not athletic).
Having taught in both private and public schools in Texas, I can tell you that although private school kids don’t have to take the TAKS (and according to my sources, that is going to change), they use other measurement tools to see if their kids are performing up to the level they should be. Parents of private school kids would demand no less – they want to be sure their kids are as prepared as any other kid going off to college.
I don’t know what your problem is with charter schools and private schools. Is it job security? If you are doing your job and doing it well, you should be able to get a job anywhere. If you and your colleagues are all doing your job well, you won’t have to worry about parents pulling their kids out and taking them elsewhere. I don’t know where you teach, but I can probably bet that there are other schools in Texas where kids have it a lot worse than your students do. We need to be open to other possibilities for those kids. They shouldn’t be doomed to stay at a low-performing school and get a low-quality education. As a teacher and a parent, I couldn’t stand for that.
The point I was trying to make is it would be very easy to educate kids better and more cheaply if I wasn’t constrained by the state’s rules. If I don’t have to provide transportation, or even better make someone else pay for it, then I spend less per student than the local public schools and I can claim to be a success.
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