their kids to private school or to public school. And say they don’t like what
is happening in their neighborhood school the opportunity to get in there to
make it better. Charter schools and vouchers should not be an option.
whether we have children attending a public school or not, to dilute its
resources and by sending children to substandard options which is what charter
schools and private schools that accept vouchers are, harms us all.
schools and even I think charter schools have a role to play but just as a
supplement to our public schools not as a replacement for them.
union leader coined the concept. Now demonized by most charter school
proponents, he envisioned charter schools as parent teacher driven laboratories
where new and innovative techniques could be tried free off the
sometimes-stifling constraints of the public school system. To be honest that
doesn’t sound bad. Teachers today are forced to spend so much time on zone
plans, word walls and standards based bulletin boards that the time they have
to teach and make connections is limited.
more profit centers than schools. They are run by corporations who care more
about the bottom line than what happens to their students. Furthermore numerous
members of the Florida Legislature are making a lot of money off of them.
Another intended consequence is they are used to weaken the power of the
teacher’s unions, as they are not union shops. This has salary, benefit,
pension and working conditions ramifications. Some of you might not like the
unions but our schools would be much worse off without them because without
them you couldn’t find anybody to work in our schools.
performing as well as public schools at least in Florida and that should be a
huge red flag. The truth is they should be killing public schools but they
aren’t and even if you love charter schools that should concern you.
to play. If a kid needs a certain program and a public school doesn’t provide
it by a private school does, then a voucher should be allowed, however just
because you don’t like public schools isn’t a good enough reason. The public
should not subsidize that choice. Furthermore private schools benefit form the
same advantages as charter schools including picking whom they take and despite
that, private school attendees who use vouchers don’t perform any better than
their public school counterparts.
has their shoes tied together, public schools, and the other two charter
schools and vouchers, were free of any constraints. The results of the race
would be public schools tied with vouchers and charter schools coming in last.
It boggles the mind that some people think public schools are failing and
choice will save the school system.
can get a better education but so legislators and their friends and family
members, and so corporations can make a buck.
By no stretch of the imagination am I saying public
schools are perfect. There are lots of problems but at the end of the day the
solution is to fix those problems and make them better not to outsource our kid’s
education to substandard options.