The Press-Register today had an editorial on charter schools. And its premise is absolutely wrong
From the editorial:
The latest proposal, Senate Bill 513, narrowly approved in committee last week, would allow ailing schools to be converted to charter schools so they could be more innovative. In fact, under the Senate proposal, converting low-performing traditional schools to charter schools would be the only way charters would be allowed in the state.
This is simply not true. Whoever wrote the editorial did not read the bill. Under the bill, conversion schools are allowed when a local school board allows them, or when a school board rejects a charter school and the state commission overrules them. If a school board says they want charter schools, then a start-up charter school can be put anywhere in the school system and does not have to be anywhere near a failing school.
Also, the editorial does not not address the inherent problems with the management companies which are hired to actually run the schools. The charter board does not run daily operations and for-profit management company does. How does the Press-Register feel about taking kids in low-performing schools and handing them over to K12, Inc?
The paper also assumes that a charter school is necessarily an improvement over a public school. There is no data to support this and all of the recent academic studies point to just the opposite.
The paper has fallen into the trap of charter school proponents. They don’t argue kids will receive a better education because they won’t. They argue this gives parents a choice. And this is choice for choice’s sake. Nothing more.