Thursday, May 29, 2014

League of Women Voters blasts charter schools | Extra Credit

No surprise here. And we also have to be watchful of the "school choice" program which would allow parents to choose which public school their children would go to regardless of where they live. Transportation costs would increase whether incurred by the school or individual families dropping their kids off everyday at a distant school. The carbon footprint would be huge as a result. Click title for link to article:
A year long study by the statewide League of Women Voters released this week blasted charter schools in Florida, saying nearly a quarter of them face financial problems that force them to close and arguing for more control over them.
“Charter schools could fill a niche in Florida’s educational spectrum, but for many, their biggest contribution may be to corporate bottom lines,” said Deirdre Macnab, President of the League of Women Voters of Florida in a press release accompanying the release of their report. The League examined charter schools in 28 counties using surveys.
The study report from the League argues that charter schools a third of charter schools are run by for profit companies, that charter schools cherry pick and screen out students who are not likely to be successful and that charter schools exacerbate school segregation.