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demgurl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-23-07 07:15 PM
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10. So many bad stories about charter schools.
There are some good ones out there. There is a chain, I am aware of, that seems to be pretty good. The school is bound by the the government's laws for all state public schools. They do have several safeguards in place. They are accountable to a all-volunteer board that oversees the school. At the end of each year they survey the parents and get the parents to rate the school, teachers and staff members. The teacher's pay is tied into the student's grades. If the students do not get good grades, the teacher's pay is directly tied into that.

These particular schools do the state mandated tests but they also felt that did not give them enough direction and so they ended up finding additional tests that they do three times a year. Those are national tests that give real time results so that as soon as the students finishes taking them, the school not only knows their score but also where the child's weaknesses lie. Say the child is weak in math, the test will show that as well as the particular area of math that needs work. (IE. fractions, etc....)

One of these schools showed an average grade school growth rate, last year, of 1.8 years. They expect growth from every sector whether you are in the bottom or top of your class. The school chain truly believes that you can educate every child and no child in unreachable.

I know this is just one charter school chain but I did want to point out that not all of them are like the one described above. I think we are often too quick to tar everyone with the same brush.
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