Greenville shuts out charter info

Charter high schools in Greenville County, South Carolina can’t participate in middle-school events designed to inform students and parents about high school choices, reports the Greenville News.

“Our schools are not to be used for the recruitment efforts of the charter schools,” LaBarbara Sampson, the district’s director of guidance programs, wrote in an e-mail to school counselors across the district. “If a parent needs/wants to find out about a particular charter school, they can get all the information on that school from the school’s Web site.”

Several charter schools are affiliated with Greenville Tech and offer a chance to earn college credits while in high school.

Greenville Tech Charter High had a 98 percent graduation rate last spring, with 100 percent of the class planning to attend a two-year or four-year college, according to the school. Of its 93 graduates, 63 completed 15 hours or more of college credit, with eight receiving associate degrees from Greenville Tech along with their high school diploma.

Recruiting students is not a problem, says the principal, but those who’d benefit the most from the program may not know it’s an option.

Via Cato @ Liberty.

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  1. Andy Freeman says:

    Yet more proof that advocates of public education believe that public education is not about education but about paying public school employees.

  2. Margo/Mom says:

    Clearly LaBarbara Sampson can run her district’s events any way that they choose. But when will traditional public schools learn that 1) charter schools are also public schools, and 2) the public (and parents) are paying attention to their attempts to shut out anyone who threatens to pull students away by offering a better deal.

    It would seem as though it is time to pull together and look at the high school choice as one with many options and support students/parents in being able to make the most appropriate choice. You can believe that there are some less desireable students who are already being counseled under the table about the existence of charters as an option.

  3. It’s an understandable response.

    The charter exists within the district boundaries yet isn’t under the control of the district administration. One way to respond to that situation is via hostility which is the route chosen by LaBarbara Sampson.

    The charter school isn’t a net positive from the viewpoint of the district therefor it’s a threat there being no other categories.

    Thing is, Sampson’s right. The charter represents a threat both to the district and the concept to the public education establishment, charters being an acceptable stepping stone from the district concept to whatever the future might hold.

  4. Would you block a university or trade school from having a booth at a secondary school’s college fair?

    If there’s a legitimate concern, then present the facts and let them speak for themselves, censorship just makes people more interested in what you’re censoring.