Tuesday, December 22, 2015

What Do We Know About Charter Schools?

Much has been said and written recently about the dramatic growth in charter schools and the resultant impact on public education in the U.S., but many of us don't have a full and comprehensive understanding of charter schools, their structure and the "product" they deliver.  Although having served as a school board trustee for ten years, I count myself in that crowd.

There is a strong charter schools push at both the federal and state levels, including a proposal for significantly more federal funding ($253.2M requested by Education Secretary Arne Duncan) and a push to expand the number of charters in Texas.  In doing research on charter schools as part of my public education advocacy efforts, I came across an interesting social media post that I share below.

The article, highlighting several different aspects (and concerns) relating to charter schools can be found at http://bit.ly/1OpKQdz.  For those of us engaged in public education advocacy for the $5.2 million public education students in the State of Texas, this should be required reading.  Understand that there are some positives relating to charter schools but, unfortunately, there are also many negatives.  It's time for all of us to become aware of how they are structured and who the real "winners" are.  Hint: it's not always the kids!.

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