Charters not living up to their original purpose by Professor Frank B. Murray UD School of Education Newark (News Journal letter to the Editor)
Charters, as a movement, were designed as an alternative to vouchers, which would have sent monies to private schools. They were to be laboratories of experimentation, freed from ordinary regulation, with the lessons learned taken in by the public schools.
Does this mean charters are state and local taxpayer funded private schools? I though we needed charters to address the achievement-gap whereas traditional public schools are failing. But with the “specific interest” admission preference that discriminated based on intelligence locking out at-risk students perhaps it is a private school. Then there is that 5 mile attendance radius preference. Let’s build a school somewhere within a 5 mile circle that will give us just enough middle-class and affluent families with a sprinkle of high poverty families to make sure our job teaching isn’t too hard.
Rarely has there been even an interest on the part of charters to improve public schools. Instead they have become schools that serve narrow interests and ignore the public good.
OMG !!!!!!!! Skipper is going to have Harker fire your ass! OUCH !!!! ( excuse my quirky comments Dr. Matthews but us stupid people have our Delaware hillbilly mentality. Now go eat you F’ing bacon and don’t forget to pay mommy room and board you tightwad)
As for Newark Charter, it should build a cafeteria so it can be faithful to the lottery requirement of unbiased admission and should not be further rewarded until it faces up to the obligations of the charter legislation.
I wonder what would happen if Red Clay decides not add a cafeteria at the new school being build on Graves Road Hockessin? I’ll bet the senators living in Red Clay would object even the senator who were founding board members of Newark Charter. If the Delaware State Board of Education approves a new “public” school without a cafeteria the public has every right to question their morals and perhaps ask them to step-down! Just because state board members are appointed by the governor they shouldn’t be required to leave the ethics and morals as the boardroom door prior to entering. The problem is not with Newark Charter school or it’s leader Mr. Meece! Newark Charter school is a fine schools ensuring education is being delivered in a safe and healthy learning environment. The problems are with a charter school law that were crafted by politicians who hand businessman stuffing $$$$ in their back-pockets!
The effort, instead of expanding to the secondary level, should be placed at creating honors or gifted opportunities at Newark High, in my view.
Professor if we stop building and expanding charter schools how in the hell are we going to bust the teachers unions down aka the gateway to busting prevailing wages. Meece might be Ok with some crabs dying in the crab basket but I for one see government’s responsibility to ensure fair and equitable education to all children. Markell is creating social concentration camps allowing poor children to be Guinea-pigs for unproven Wall Street inspired education reform plans at the same-time allowing blue ribbon schools to be build via a cherry picking process.
It’s unfortunate Newark parents are targets of attacks against what appears to be a war on charters. The charter school law is flawed and sadly it was designed that way! When laws are filled with “may” they are weak laws and when it comes to public education we serve children better when the law says “must”. Kind of quirky to Matthews standards but my brain seems more attached to morals than egos! Damn I did it again! It’s either I use quirky comments or the fuck word! Cryptic here Matthews, can you see where I am going with this? :)
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