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So, Charter Schools Are Better, Are They?

Be afraid.  Be very, very afraid.  Charter schools may sound like a miracle from heaven, but a little research shows the truth is not nearly as rosy.

Here’s just a selection of the articles I’ve found that make me concerned about charter schools:

MORE GIRAFFES, THAT’S WHAT WE NEED

“If u posted a blog about the need 4 more giraffes in elementary school lunch rooms, 57 charter advocates would post comments about charters.

Charter cheerleaders are relentless; evangelical soldiers in the reform wars, they are absolutely convinced that charters are laboratories full of innovation and creativity.

And it matters little to them that the vast majority of the evidence piled up on charters shows little to no average effect on student achievement. The beauty of charters, you see, is that the17% of them that do better than pubic schools hold the key to saving our “failing” students. If we can look at these “successful” charters and tease out what makes them so awesome, we can spread the awesomeness around to everyone.As I see it, there are three problems with this argument…”

Read more here

ACCOUNTABILITY – FRAUD, SOLICITING, AND ABUSE?

“A West Oakland church school that makes its students ask for money at BART stations appears to have vastly inflated its enrollment (sic) numbers to collect extra taxpayer funding, some of which goes to a teacher who former students say physically abused them and other children.And for years, St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church and private school has operated with virtually no government oversight despite repeated red flags. The K-12 school is run by Robert Lacy, 79, a pastor who pleaded guilty in 2007 to theft of government money for taking his deceased father’s Social Security payments.”

Read more here.

COMPARING APPLES AND BANANAS AND DECIDING THE MANGO IS BEST

“It’s New Jersey School Choice Week. Gov. Chris Christie signed a proclamation encouraging all citizens to “join the movement for educational reform.”

Or, at least, his brand of reform, one that includes cutting $1 billion from traditional public schools while spending taxpayer money on independent schools that have somehow failed to enroll New Jersey’s neediest children, those with handicaps, language problems, and very low income…”

Read more here.

OVER-TESTING IS DAMAGING EDUCATION

“Carol Burris, who was recently named to the honor roll as a hero of public education, wrote a letter to President Obama. Carol understands how excessive testing is harming students and demoralizing teachers. She warns the President how this policy–at the heart of Race to the Top–will do increasing damage as it is institutionalized.”

Read more here.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY’S RESEARCH (CREDO)

“The group portrait shows wide variation in performance. The study reveals that a decent fraction of charter schools, 17 percent, provide superior education opportunities for their students. Nearly half of the charter schools nationwide have results that are no different from the local public school options and over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their student would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.”

Read more here.

AND FOR HEAPS MORE LINKS SO YOU CAN RESEARCH YOURSELF, MAYBE START HERE…

“Charter schools have taken on an almost mythic quality. Touted by politicians, the subject of Hollywood films, the darlings of Wall Street: listening to the marketing, you would think charter schools were the saviors of American children…”

Read more here.

ARE YOU WORRIED YET?

Little or no accountability, weaker kids dumped, schools as businesses massaging the figures to keep the business going, huge attrition rates, and for all that they still don’t do very well.

Whatever you believe, you owe it to your children and yourself to learn more about charter schools before it’s too late for New Zealand.

~Dianne

About Save Our Schools NZ

"One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds." Gandhi

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