Comparing Charter Schools and Sub-Prime Mortgages #netde #eduDE

This is dead on! EduNews posted this video on Youtube last week.

2 thoughts on “Comparing Charter Schools and Sub-Prime Mortgages #netde #eduDE

  1. I have a lot of respect for Mark Naison and his BAT, but his editorial was not completely accurate. I speak with insight, as I teach at a charter. There most definitely is charter oversight. If a state is lackadaisical in their oversight of it’s programs, then charters in that state will lack oversight just like the traditional public schools will too. Massachusetts has a very vigilant charter school department at the DOE. The charter I work at is currently undergoing a charter renewal. DOE officials will come in and audit every department this year. They will look at our curriculum, our SPED and ELL records, our finances, our admissions and lottery system, etc. I came to this charter from a traditional urban public school system. Never once, in 5 years, did I see a DOE official walk through the building and we were a failing system. What I saw there was a lot of nepotism, fraud, and incompetence. Perhaps the DOE should take as close a look there as they do at charters. In Mass. underperforming charters are put on probation and then shut down if they do not turn their performance around. Parents of SPED students are lining up at our doors because we provide a much richer SPED program for our students than the city schools do. The superintendent of the city schools sent a letter to the DOE complaining that our IEPs have too much service on them and when our 6th graders enter their middle schools, they can’t provide the level of service we were giving our students. So when I hear or read that kind of rhetoric, it really gets under my skin. In my humble opinion, Prof. Naison opinions sounded like a white guy who thinks he knows best what urban, diverse families need. Urban families want charters because we ask what we can do to help. We open our doors at 6:30 a.m. so mom can get to her 7 a.m. shift. We offer family counseling, dental and vision care free of charge, and free sports and fine arts programs. I acknowledge that not all charters are the same, however, it is not fair to over-generalize and assume one knows what is best for urban families. At my charter students are not run off if they fail tests, acceptance is based on a blind lottery, we are non-profit, are 94% diverse, and we do not engage in child-abuse in any form. We are making a difference, we are building leaders, we are part of the solution!

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    • If you read the article I just posted, you can see why I have a bias against charter schools. Not ALL charters. It seems the ones that cater to special needs children do it very well, but the others… When the Office of Civil Rights wants a whole state’s charter enrollment applications, that’s usually not a good thing.

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