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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-26-12 03:54 AM
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1. I just read the wiki on charter schools for the first time and am stunned.
The charter school idea in the United States was originated by Ray Budde,<9> a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and embraced by Albert Shanker, President of the American Federation of Teachers, in 1988 when he called for the reform of the public schools by establishing "charter schools" or "schools of choice". At the time, a few schools already existed that were not called charter schools but embodied some of their principles, such as H-B Woodlawn. As originally conceived, the ideal model of a charter school was as a legally and financially autonomous public school (without tuition, religious affiliation, or selective student admissions) that would operate much like a private businessfree from many state laws and district regulations, and accountable more for student outcomes rather than for processes or inputs (such as Carnegie Units and teacher certification requirements).

Minnesota was the first state to pass a charter school law in 1991. California was second, in 1992. As of 2009, 41 states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws.<10>


I think I posted a week or two ago that I had heard Lamar Alexander say on Morning Joe that one of the last things he had done before leaving his post as Poppy Bush's Secretary of Education (from 1991to 1993) was recommemnd that Republicans look into "the charter schools that the Democrats are talking about." I did not necessarily believe Alexander, but I was not totally surprised that the idea had come from the Left. But the then head of the AFT?

Yet again, the Pogo rule applies.

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