Charter school must be accountable

Published 12:01am Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The assumed position of the Concordia Parish School Board on a proposed charter school in the area is entirely expected.

The school board is scheduled to vote tonight on a resolution governing the charter school, and the superintendent expects that resolution won’t pass without the assurance that the federal government will regulate the school’s racial makeup in the same way it regulates the parish district’s makeup.

The public schools must request a level playing field for a competing school that would take funds away from them, and the government wants the opinion of the local public schools.

You can’t blame the CPSB for their expected vote on the matter tonight.

But at the same time, one of the greatest arguments for charter schools is the lack of federal oversight — or as many would say, federal interference.

Many believe educational guidelines imposed by the federal government have hurt our country’s public education system.

They could be correct, but the alternative is scary, too.

Without a standardized set of goals, regulations and achievement measuring sticks, it’s difficult to know whether or not public money is being wasted at charter schools.

Ultimately, if a charter school is going to join our community, the public needs to hear from both the state and federal governments about how exactly they plan to account for public money and how the school will be graded.

 

 

  • Anonymous

    Setting charter schools up as mirror images of public school is not going to help anything. I suspect that is the point, though. To prove charter schools don’t work by essentially making them just like normal public schools and imposing racial quotas to make sure their scores aren’t too high as to embarrass the local public schools. The private schools already accomplish that pretty well.

  • Anonymous

    AS SURE AS MANY BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT HAVE HURT PUBLICS SCHOOLS, THERE ARE TWICE AS MANY BELIEVE THAT GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT HAVE HELPED. THANKS TO GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT FOR HELPING MINORITIES INTEGRATE THOSE ALL WHITE SCHOOLS; THOSE SCHOOL THAT WHITES THOUGHT THEY OWN WHEN BLACKS PUMPED AS MANY TAX DOLLARS AS THEY DID INTO BUILDING AND MAINTAIN THEM. IT’S A SHAME THAT GOVERNMENT HAD TO GET INVOLVED IN THE FIRST PLACE. IT SEEMS TO ME IT’S ALWAYS WHITES CREATING THE PROBLEMS THAT GOVERNMENT HAVE TO STEPT IN TO SOLVE. SO WHEN I ADD IT ALL UP, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE ALWAYS AGAINST GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT, ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT WANTED THINGS TO STAY THE SAME. DO I HAVE THAT RIGHT? I DON’T SEE FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-PRIVATE-SCHOOLS HAVING ANYTHING TO DO WITH CHARTER AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS. >DO THE RIGHT THINGLESS GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT<.