‘Our School’ and more

I’m guest blogging — that is, I wrote a post — on Charter Blog. Of course, my goal is spread the word about my charter-school book, Our School, now out in paperback.

Quirky Giving, which is fighting for charters in Maryland, runs excerpts from the book, including a few that I’d forgotten were in there, such as a mother’s speech at Downtown College Prep’s open house:

“I chose DCP because DCP gave me opportunity of better education for my son to go to university. He will be the first…[She breaks down in tears.] I vow to you he is going to university and to the best university. He didn’t show ganas [desire/grit] at the beginning. Now he has ganas and he is on the honor roll. It’s my responsibility and the responsibility of all parents to come in, to ask questions, to ask for help — that’s why they are here. They have knowledge to help our kids. We have to work together to help our kids get to university. Come to meetings, talk to teachers, shake their hands [She starts crying again.] I have no words to say how proud I am to be here.”

If memory serves, her son went on to San Diego State.

In another post, QG explains how Baltimore schools manipulate indirect costs to suggest that charter schools get too much money — even though charters get less than half of the $13,000 allocated per student.

Tomorrow, I’m doing a “table talk” at 1 pm at the California Charter Schools Conference in San Diego.

On April 4, I’ll be in Seattle for a talk and lunch at 11:30 am in the Commons, third floor of Parrington Hall, University of Washington. The Center for Reinventing Education will host the “Policymakers Exchange.” Don’t forget to RSVP by March 30 to bardacke@u.washington.edu or Maggie Bardacke at 206-685-2214. I’m told seats and lunches are going fast.

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  1. Considering what we pay the public schools if charters get good results it seems only fair that they get the same. It appears by the numbers that even if the Baltimore schools are inflating, the district is still getting a bargain.