Charters Lift Up Some Kids, But What About the Ballast?

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And a quick reminder of the

And a quick reminder of the first ballast to be cut--children with special needs. My daughter is on the autism spectrum. She *is* bright and hard working and by the way, she knocks our state high stakes tests out of the park. But she needs additional support in the classroom which charters are not generally willing to provide. Even though our family's tax money is taken to pay for charters, they need not admit her, and even if one did it could expel her at any time, for any reason. I will be more open to charters when they are willing to show accountability and stop cherry picking students.

special needs parent more than 1 year ago

"shed the ballast, the extra

"shed the ballast, the extra weight that is holding them down."

So you argue that the bright, hard working kids should be held back in order to "even things out"

I guess you see this as "fair" but I don't agree. Why should they not have the opportunity to succeed?

In addition, if the teachers do not have to deal with these so called elite then they can spend all their time on the less talented/lees committed kids. It should be a win for everyone. Except, you don't like some to succeed.

harold helbock more than 1 year ago

Peter,

Peter,

I disagree that charters are "saving" any students.

The students at charters have more engaged parents (by definition as those parents had to proactively apply for a charter spot).

Studies across the country have found that charter students are more wealthy, less likely to have special needs, and much more likely to speak English than the students attending the sending district public schools.

Charters aren't "saving" students. They are selecting the students who are going to succeed anyway and then taking credit for that success.

Anonymous more than 1 year ago

The fact that this article

The fact that this article was written by a self-described "grumpy old teacher with over thirty years experience" tells me everything I need to know. The teaching profession ranks up there with the legal profession in its archaic methods and failure to innovate. The existing public school model is failing our inner city children, but the teachers and their unions resist any positive changes with a passion. Such a shame!

Ranselaer more than 1 year ago

robert reich's got a great

robert reich's got a great article about saving the economy and reinventing education...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/ten-ideas-to-save-the-eco_2_b_7376738.html

al perry more than 1 year ago

It isn't either/or. We can

It isn't either/or. We can support charter schools and learn from their results. But that requires a willingness to change, and many "public school folks" are not open to change and think the answer is always more money.

Anonymous more than 1 year ago

It isn't that public school

It isn't that public school supporters aren't open to change- we're not open to the change that hasn't been consistently proven to improve children's academia any better than the public school systems that we have in place now. Charters are not better, in most cases, than neighborhood public schools. And, charters cherry-pick the kids that they allow to attend, so what will happen to the other kids that are academically challenged??? A better alternative to charters and/or vouchers are the Wraparound Services for students and families or Community Schools. This method has been shown to help children succeed.

downndallas more than 1 year ago

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