4 thoughts on “Why charter schools are part of the solution

  1. Excellent article and useful data. Interestingly, the book “The Testing Charade” that opt-out proponents and charter school opponents are using to justify their movement has a chapter entitles “Doing Better” that highlights the Dutch educational system as performing among the best in the world. It is a nation-wide charter school system with “any citizen [has] the right to establish, design and manage a school. The national government establishes both learning goals and mandatory procedures for evaluation, but schools are governed by boards that are independent….Parents have free choice among schools. Public and private schools both receive public funding, which follows the student.”

  2. Great article. Excellent points made on test opt-outs and the need for true educational reform in low performing districts like Rochester. A higher standard has to met because our kids are worth it and completely capable of meeting it with dedicated educators employing teaching strategies that work.

  3. Great article! It makes an excellent case for charter schools. As for the opt-outs on testing, there is a detrimental “movement” afoot where parents feel THEY are equipped to decide what is best for their children. This results in an over-protectiveness posture to guard their issues from stress, disappointment, and danger. I have seen the same with attitudes against vaccines for children, despite science showing otherwise. So your argument for testing is right on. My only question is how charter schools compare to metro school systems such as in Nashville and Cleveland. While I realize the illusiveness of this happening in Monroe County, I see this as a bulwark against the unidirectional aspect of the Urban/Suburban Transfer System.

  4. Thank you for this thoughtful article, Geoff. Urban education (or lack thereof) is a major Civil Rights crisis. I pray that the Citizens and Community Leaders most impacted by poor education will increasingly view it in these terms, demanding both change and improvement.

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