I am being told that some legislators are not happy with the method Red Clay restructured Conrad. Many legislators didn’t realize that rather than restructure Conrad in a way such as replacing all teachers and administrations to better serve the failing students within, Red Clay took in one step further by reassigning all students and making Conrad all Choice. By doing so, Red Clay broke the spirit on the Neighborhood School Legislation by putting undue burden on students and parents of Conrad area neighborhood families.
I think the Conrad concerns is just an excuse to amend the charter law that makes it near impossible for parents to demand an existing failing public school to be converted to a charter. As you can see it would take over 50% of the existing public school teachers within a given school to approve a conversion. Even if over 50% of parents and teachers vote in favor of conversion the local school board can override.
Looks like one more method of trying to bust the teacher’s union.
So, do you think it should be up to parents to make the decision to convert a failing public school to a charter school and not give the teachers and the school district a say?
Free Public Schools
CHAPTER 5. CHARTER SCHOOLS
(a) A public school may only be converted to a charter school by approval of the board of the school district in which it is located and that the charter application received the approval of over 50% of the teachers and over 50% of the parents residing in the attendance area of the school with a child or children under the age of 18 years, who, after 30 days prior written notice to all teachers and parents eligible to vote, attend a public meeting held for the specific purpose of voting on the proposed conversion; provided, however, that such approval shall not be required where a district school board converts a choice school or program with a specific career or academic subject matter focus already approved as of the effective date of this chapter to a charter school with the same focus. The employees of a school converted to a charter school who are not employed by the charter school shall be accorded the rights available to them under the provisions of their collective bargaining agreement and shall, to the extent permissible under their collective bargaining agreement, be given preference in filling positions in the school district.