A Call for Consistency

Check out this guest column in Publicola by former state legislator Brendan Williams: Legislature Should Suspend Unfunded Charter Schools Initiative


dan dempsey said…
Speaking of schools and money...

Check out Florida .. and Jeb Bush.

It appears that significant gains are being eroded by ... online schools.

Jeb Bush, with cash and clout, pushes contentious school reforms


Bush, who declined to comment for this story, says often that he has one abiding goal: to give all students the chance to reach their "God-given potential."

His "Florida formula" rests on the principles of increasing accountability and expanding parental choice. Among its tenets:

* Grade schools on an A-to-F scale, based mostly on student scores and growth on standardized tests. Give students in poorly ranked schools vouchers to attend private and religious schools.

* Hold back 8-year-olds who can't pass a state reading test rather than promote them to fourth grade.

* Expand access to online classes and charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed, sometimes for profit.
mirmac1 said…
Sorry, but that's just too &^%#$! logical for Varner and crew. Besides, who can equate quality care for our vulnerable elderly, with making lots of dough for Chris Larson and other "venture philanthropists"!
Anonymous said…
From the Seattle Times this evening.

"As many as one in five U.S. charter schools should be shut down because of poor academic performance, according to a group representing states, districts and universities that grant them permission to operate.

The National Association of Charter School Authorizers said 900 to 1,300 of the privately run, publicly financed schools should close because they are in the bottom 15 percent of public schools in their states."


mirmac1 said…
So, over the course of five years our 40 charters will end up at zero. We'll have wasted time, energy, resources and childrens' education.

Yeah, it worth it.
suep. said…
Even Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has acknowledged that charter schools have serious problems: “(…) unfortunately, we have far too many mediocre charters and we have far too many charter schools that are absolutely low performing.” ( Sec. Duncan, address to the National Charter Schools Conference, July 1, 2010 - start at the 9-minute mark)

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