As the nation’s largest online education company, K12, Inc. runs publicly-funded charter schools in 33 states, a robust business that accounts for 86 percent of the $848 million in revenue the company reported earnings to investors in its 2013 annual report. But with financial success has come criticism for lackluster student performance at several of its schools, including graduation rates of just 22 percent in Colorado and a Florida investigation that found a handful of teachers taught some classes they weren’t certified in.
Reports of poor performance have continued to plague the company, with the Lawrence, Kan. school district cancelling a contract with the company this month after the virtual high school posted a graduation rate of just 26 percent. The other two high schools in the district graduated more than 90 percent of its students.
But what K12 is lacking in capability and effectiveness is more than made up by their skills at manipulating the political process:
Charter schools are public schools. They do not charge tuition. They are completely funded by the government. They cannot teach religious doctrine. But they have huge advantages over traditional public schools. They are freed from most, but not all, state-imposed rules that strangle the creativity of schools and teachers.
It would take this entire page to list all the stifling rules charters do not have to follow.
Okay, maybe you can list ten of those "stifling" rules, so parents can get an idea of what not to expect from the school they send their children to. Five? One? Or maybe you don't want to go into detail, because you know most of those creativity-strangling rules were put in place to protect children from idiotic nonsensical demagogues like yourself.
The ASPIRA Association, a charter school operator at the heart of controversies in Chicago and Philadelphia, has filed three letters of intent to open charter schools in Mecklenberg, Union, and Iredell counties. In Chicago, ASPIRA has run into allegations of financial corruption and misconduct at its charter schools. Last year, the CEO of ASPIRA Illinois, Jose Rodriguez, was fired by the charter operator’s board.
And in troubled Philadelphia, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania owes more than $3 million to four charter schools it runs, according to the Philadelphia City Paper. That money, according to school district officials, is taxpayer funds intended to fulfill the purposes of the charters.
But we don't need no stinking local school boards meddling in charter school business! Let the free market manage them! Idiots.
As many as 170 new charter schools could open in North Carolina in 2015, including 39 in the Triangle and 43 in Mecklenburg County.
Charter schools are taxpayer-funded schools that are exempt from some of the regulations that traditional public schools must follow. They are also independent of the school districts in which they’re located.
They may be "independent" of local school districts, but that doesn't mean they won't be draining resources from local taxpayers, and other traditional public schools they are competing with.
Out of 70 applicants, the recently-disbanded Public Charter School Advisory Council recommended 26 schools. Thursday, the State Board voted to also add for consideration six applicants who were interviewed but not recommended for approval by the council. One school being considered is Providence Charter High School in Rockingham County, applied for by Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., the son of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
Apparently the Bergermeister's son wants to be a schoolmeister. Proving once again that being a lawyer opens a lot of doors, and some that should probably remain shut. More about the school:
Arapahoe Charter School currently serves students in grades K-9, but director Tom McCarthy wants his school to serve students through the 12th grade, even though the local school district presented a report to the State Board of Education detailing how Arapahoe’s expansion would destroy their lone public high school. Glazier also pointed to the fact that the bill undermines the State Board of Education’s ability to deal with cases in which a charter school’s expansion would negatively impact a local school district. “Charter schools are not supposed to be in conflict with public schools, they are supposed to be a part of public schools,” said Glazier.
Supposition is the result of people concealing their true intent with misleading language. You seldom get what you pay for when that happens, and sometimes you get the exact opposite:
Submitted by scharrison on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 9:08am
What was that Republicans were saying about the Dix deal?
A state Senate committee on Wednesday discussed legislation that would make charter schools more aggressive competitors for students and the taxpayer money that follows them. The measure would cancel the current requirement that at least half a charter school's teachers be certified. Charter school directors could decide whether to check job applicants for any criminal history. Local school boards would be required to lease available buildings or land to a charter school for $1 a year.
The hypocrisy is mind-boggling. It's bad enough to siphon off taxpayer dollars to subsidize schools that don't even require certified and vetted teachers, but to force local governments to give them real property, which the local school board will have no jurisdiction over, is tantamount to theft on a massive scale. Adam Smith would not approve, I'm fairly certain.
There are so many troubling things about Senate Bill 337, an N.C. charter school bill unveiled last week, that it’s hard to know where to start. But this item stands out like a sore thumb: The bill would remove the requirement that at least half of a charter school’s teaching staff be certified, or be college educated.
Well, most of them teach right out of the book anyway, so...wait a minute. We don't have enough money for new books, either. Well, as long as they check these new degreeless people out first before they put them in the class...wait a minute. We're not going to do that anymore, either:
Lambeth said converting the system’s 80 schools into a charter-school district would give administrators more flexibility to help teachers and improve the academic performance of the district’s 53,300 students. Forsyth County has five charter schools.
Help teachers? Really? Will they be able to retain their membership in the NCAE? Will they still have the same pay and benefits that their counterparts in other districts have? How about tenure? The reality is, not even the author of this white paper (begins page 5) knows the answers.
Submitted by scharrison on Mon, 03/12/2012 - 12:08pm
I just caught this Tweet a few minutes ago:
SenatorBerger 11:34am via web
Parents have long been denied choices they need to make a better future for their kids bit.ly/xpPcdy #ncga is changing that #edreform
Let's see if this rebuttal sounds familiar: They haven't been denied choices! There are numerous private schools out there, and nobody is "denying" parents the right to place their children there. Choosing another school is a "lifestyle choice", and other people (like NC taxpayers) shouldn't have to pay for your chosen lifestyle!
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