Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:50 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
Former Memphis mayor asks governor to intervene in charter school tension
A meeting called to sort out concerns about Cornerstone Preparatory Academy broke into two camps Saturday: Those wanting to talk about the harsh treatment they say their children are suffering and dozens of others trying to be heard long enough to say Cornerstone has changed their lives.
Two hours later, with police at the doors, former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton called for peace and a meeting with Gov. Bill Haslam...More than 200 people, including local and state elected officials, attended the session at Lester Community Center, a sign of the tension in a community where teachers struggle to get parents to parent-teacher conferences.
For a month, reports have been rampant of teachers taking children's shoes, and of kids having accidents when they weren't allowed to use the restroom. Saturday, parents said children were forced to carry their wet clothes in bags at school after the accidents, that they must face the wall during lunch for failing to keep their hands folded at their desks and that they that have seen others crying and "crawling along on the floor like dogs" while teachers did nothing...
Last winter, the state approved Cornerstone to take over Lester School through the Achievement School District. People opposed to the takeover say the community had no say in the matter. They are furious that the school colors and name were changed, that the majority of teachers are white and more than half are not licensed teachers. Except for the school principal, the Cornerstone board is white, nonelected and does not meet in public.
NAACP Demands Accountability
After weeks of complaints about Cornerstone Preparatory Academy in Binghamton, the state NAACP will ask legislators to pass a law allowing charter schools to be closed for more than financial instability and poor academic performance.
"There needs to be some other options for the ways we hold charters accountable," said Rev. Keith Norman, president of the Memphis branch of the NAACP.
The issue is on the state NAACP agenda and will be presented to lawmakers in February, Norman said. "You can't allow charters to exist in our community, to come in and set up shop and not be accountable beyond fiscal and performance-related issues."
Cornerstone Prep, a ministry of Christ United Methodist Church, opened this fall in Lester School in Binghamton under the authority of the state-run Achievement School District. It serves children in pre-K through third grade. Next year, it will take over the fourth, fifth and sixth grades. In 2014-2015, it will run the entire pre-K-8 school.
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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:34 AM
okaawhatever (6,153 posts)
2. And the governor announced last night in his state of the state address he's going to a
voucher system for lower performing schools to be taken over by these type companies. I knew it was step 1 in total tea party domination. God, this state is going to hell.