Ivor O’Connor

June 24, 2009

Public Vs Charter Schools

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 9:49 am

Democracy Now has an excellent article on June 23rd about Charter schools. The assistant director Kenneth Suratt of the “Center for Research on Education Outcomes” at Stanford University exposed in a report how Charter schools do compared to public schools in 16 states. This is despite the dirty tricks Charter schools use to kick out underperforming students into the public school system! However Charter schools are big business with the parents who want religion instead of science taught to their children. Charter schools do not have standard pay structures either. There are no teacher unions for protection. So the teachers are underpaid and the principals overpaid. With no financial accountability Charter schools arm their lobbyists with much more money to push their causes in Washington too.

Despite this the Obama administration is, once again, following the lobbyists. Arne Duncan, Obama’s Education Secretary, says he and the President are big supporters and will spend 52 million more on charter schools in 2010.

It would be much better if Charter schools were all closed and the money spent on public schools. Public schools are much closer to catching up with the rest of the Industrialized World than Charter schools. Let’s stop sinking further down the ranks of third world nations.

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