Frequently asked questions regarding charter schools and what they mean for students, educators, schools, and communities.
This article is more pro-charter schools than not. It is interesting the way the charter school is branded and presented here as "public" charter schools. I hear these schools presented as "public" through out the national promotional articles and ads to encourage officials and local citizens to support charter schools. The public however would have the same public access they have to a local shop. The article gives a good idea of what those with the dream of charter schools say is offered to the people.
Most of these charters would be private contract work and not publicly held ownership. The word "Public" Charter Schools seems misleading to this curator. Why use the word "public"? Why go charter if what people want is public ownership? Somehow the marketing of charter schools seems to be dealing with the idea that the public likes ownership and concept the school their child attends is under their ultimate ownership and control. These charters would receive "public money" just like a company receives public tax dollars to sew clothes for the military.
The private company however is free to make clothes, or in this case teach whoever they choose or sell out to make profit or go bankrupt as one recently did in a state leaving the that state with only the option of suing the charter school to try to recover the 17 million dollars worth state/public money. Instead of the school being publicly held or owed, the charter school has and holds “public money”. They are seeking "public tax money" to offer privately owned school services in most part. The tax dollars would be removed from publicly held/owned schools and paid to private contractors. Much like if we were to decide we did not approve of our Military, its leaders, soldiers, or cost of them we might remove tax dollars that support the military and hire private companies to do the job instead. We perhaps we could look for the right contractor to run congress and our state house as well? We could then fire them for poor performance easier and save money by downgrading their entitlements like pay, retirement and life long medical plans.