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Response to HiPointDem (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 11:02 AM

16. Found a blog explanation...Charters get to decide what they are.

You are right. This ruling seems to take the control away from locals.

I have just glanced at the first couple of paragraphs about this at blog called Pension Vocabulary.

http://pension-vocabulary.blogspot.com/2013/01/charter-schools-ii-reprise.html

"(non-certified teachers and questionnable test results and elusive goals, oh my!)"

Remember from the vocabulary for Dec. 19th that Charter School’s are considered “public”; unless, that is, you happen to be a Charter School. Charter Schools often get to describe themselves just as they like in order to meet whatever purpose is necessary.

For example, even though a Charter School like Chicago Math and Science Academy is “public,” its lawyer may decide to label the school a primarily “private” institution that does not have to “follow an Illinois law giving public school workers the right to unionize,” for the purposes of refusing to accept a possible right to collective bargaining as requested by the school’s staff. This seems at first to fly in the face of logic, for CMSA has received over $23 millions in public money since it opened in 2004, and more than 80% of its annual budget comes from the Chicago Public Schools (Chicago Charter school in union battle. www.stltoday.com. 23 Feb 2011). Additional charter school funding comes from state and federal grants as well as private money. Indeed, according to the CMSA’s lawyer, Seyfarth Shaw, like other charter schools, private citizens established CMSA, and government has no sway over their operations. It’s that last point of view that allows those CEO’s who run charter school operations to argue the public/private nature of the institution as well as generate self-flattering names for the institutions (The Noble Street Charter Schools – Pritzker College Prep or Chicago Bulls College Prep).

Even a CEO of a charter operation speaking casually can sound rather ambiguous about the true nature of what a charter school is while answering questions: “’We’re in this business because we want to prove that public schools can work,’ said Juan Rangel, president of the politically connected UNO charter network, which operates nine schools in CPS and plans to open three more next year”
( http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-charter-schools-performance-1130-20111130,0,1660032.story).

Ironically, like any business, charter schools can close their doors when results become less than expected - or when the product is substandard? “Addressing the failures at UNO’s lowest performing school, Paz Elementary on the West Side, Rangel said, ‘We’re at a point where it’s do or die. We’re either going to put Paz on course… or we’ll have to consider whether this is a school we should keep open’” (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-charter-schools-performance-1130-20111130,0,1660032.story).


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