People in the burbs need to worry about charter schools, too...
"The Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown decision, handed down on 17 May 1954, determined that the Plessy doctrine of ‘‘separate but equal’’ had no place in education and violated the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote: ‘‘To separate [blacks] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone’’ (347 U.S. 483 ). With this decision, racial segregation in schools became unconstitutional."
Guess when the idea for "School Choice" was imagined by economist, Milton Friedman? 1955.
See an example on the chart below. FYI, charters tend to select the least needy special education students. Public schools teach & welcome all children.
Check out this list of the Top 5 Reasons Senators Should oppose SB 1085:
1. SB1085 would allow colleges and universities to authorize new charter schools without local approval. In other words: IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOUR SCHOOL BOARD DOESN'T WANT THE CHARTER.
2. SB1085 would eliminate enrollment caps on charter schools. This will allow for the unfettered expansion of charter schools in PA. Charters need to be accountable to the public in the same ways that public schools are. They are being given public school dollars and have little to no accountability.
3. SB1085 would increase the initial term of a charter from 3 years to 5 years, and allow a charter school to be granted a 10 year renewal. We should not allow these experimental schools to expand unfettered.
4. SB1085 would allow two or more charters to consolidate and transfer oversight to the PA Department of Education; local taxpayers would still pay the tuition. Taxation without representation, period.
5. SB1085 would remove the provision that requires charter applications to be evaluated based on the extent to which the school may serve as a model for other public schools. Charters started out as temporary schools that would experiment with unique ways of reaching students. The idea was to share what worked with the public school system, then close the charter once the ideas that worked were implemented. This Bill removes the important concept that charters should serve as a model. Why?
BOTH SB 1085 & HB 618 MUST BE WATCHED. PLEASE CALL/WRITE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.
I'll leave you with this on cyber charters:
|Our kids are $ to cyber charters with no brick & mortar bills to pay. Special education students are even more $$$ for them. And the shocker is that many cyber students stop "attending" and there are no truancy laws to oversee this.|
"Pennsylvania is overrun with cyber charters. There are 16 of them competing for customers, sucking money out of real public schools, supplying a terrible education. Some are under investigation. The legislature protects them because of campaign contributions.
They have extracted $4 billion from the state’s taxpayers in inflated costs, padded enrollment data, and legislative beneficence. This is legal graft."
The kicker: It is extremely likely that even your suburban school district has at least a handful of students taking the district money with them to a PA cyber school.
Ask your district.
First, they came for the urban schools....now they are stalking us. Consider yourselves warned.