Dissatisfied parents started a school

Is Your Child in the Right School? asks the Heritage Foundation. South Carolina mom Lisa Stevens wasn’t satisfied with her child’s school, so she got together with other parents to start a charter school.  

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  1. Crimson Wife says:

    I signed a petition in support of a proposed charter school that a friend tried to start a few years ago. She put in a TON of work on the proposal, only to get turned down by the county board of ed because the bureaucrats felt that the proposed program was “not appropriate for students with disabilities or English Language Learners”. This despite my friend spending her own money to hire a consultant to help her with the SPED part of the proposal.

    After getting turned down, she ended up opening a private “learning center” with classes for homeschoolers. So parents have to shell out hundreds of dollars per session for the classes that would’ve been offered tuition-free had the charter been approved.

  2. I think that charter schools should be free to select their population; autistic, gifted, LDs etc. Public schools should do the same. One-size-fits-all doesn’t fit many.

    • Schools that take taxpayer money should be required to educate the children of all citizens without discrimination. Parents of special needs students would have every right to be furious with a school that was willing to take their tax dollars but refused to educate “that kind” of child.

      If you want to make sure that your child does not associate with certain types of children that is your choice, but don’t use taxpayer money to finance discrimination.

      • Roger Sweeny says:

        Ray, do you feel the same way about colleges? All of them take lots of taxpayer money and many of them are “selective”–which is, of course, just another way of saying they discriminate; they won’t admit lower performing students.

      • Charter schools receive less money, so they shouldn’t be expected to do as much.

      • How about magnet schools Ray? Should they be allowed to discriminate on the basis of ability?

    • Crimson Wife says:

      The kicker is that my friend’s proposed charter school tried to address the needs of kids with LD’s who might want to enroll. It just wasn’t good enough for the bureaucrats at the county Board of Ed. Frankly, I think the “doesn’t address the needs of SPED and ELL students” has become the preferred excuse for denying charters when the true objection is financial impact on district schools (state law prohibits denying charters on that ground).