Charter Schools a good thing or not?—

Charter Schools a good thing or not?—44g.,b21                                                                          4/12/17

The Missouri House passed a bill this month in favor of “Charter Schools”.  Charter can be formed if at least 1 school earns a score of below 60% on its annual performance report at least twice in 3 years? Failing schools– if no yearly progress can be desisignated a charter school.


A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its        operations, in return for greater accountability for performance. The “charter” establishing each school is a performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, students served, performance goals, and methods of assessment.


Charter schools are public schools of choice, meaning that families choose them for their children. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon district schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and for upholding         the promises made in their charters. They must demonstrate performance in the areas of academic achievement, financial management, and organizational stability. If a charter school does not meet performance goals, it may be closed.

  1. Are charter schools a good thing or a bad idea for Missouri:

Why do people want them–Parents, community leaders, social entrepreneurs, businesses,            teachers, school districts, and municipalities can submit a charter school proposal to their state’s          charter   authorizing entity.

Do they have the same regulations—Charter management organizations (CMOs), generally             speaking, are organizations that contract with an individual school or schools to deliver              management         services. These services typically include curriculum development, assessment design, professional            development, systems implementation, back-office services, teacher     recruitment, and facility services.            Uncommon Schools is a nonprofit CMO that contracts with        individual charter school boards of trustees

Families can choose to place their children in them

                What are their goals, mission, assessments

                Can they be closed if they don’t meet the goals, mission and pass the assessments?

  1. Are all charter schools following the same guidelines–Are there more minority and low income students in these schools– Nationwide, students in charter schools have similar demographic characteristics to students in the local public schools. In some states, charter schools serve significantly higher percentages   of minority or low-income students than the traditional public schools. Charter schools accept students       by random, public lottery.
  2. Those that get selected is it by a public lottery

                Do they have fewer  rules and regulations–A charter school is authorized to function once it has received   a charter, a statutorily defined performance contract detailing the school’s mission, program, goals,        students served, methods of assessment, and ways to measure success

                But most are granted for 3–5 years. Accountability for student achievement

Charter schools are accountable for student achievement by their sponsor

Many charter schools are created with the original intent of providing a unique and innovative                                       educational experience to its students.

Charter schools are still held accountable for test scores, state mandates, and other traditional        requirements that often have the effect of turning the charter school into a similar model and design as             the public schools.

  1. What are the cost of a charter school versus a public or private school.

Who pays for these charter schools–federal grants, public funds, does the federal government only pay      90% of the cost–the 10% covered by?

Are charter schools more expensive that public or private schools

Are these charter schools tuition free– As public schools, charter schools are tuition-free. Charter    schools are entitled to federal categorical funding for which their students are            eligible, such as Title I and                 Special Education monies. Federal legislation provides grants     to help charters to manage start-up costs.


  1. Taxes

Can a district refuse to establish them in their district

In many states, charter schools are funded by transferring per-pupil state aid from the school district            where the charter school student resides. Charters on average receive less money per-pupil than the            corresponding public schools in their areas, charter school funding automatically refunded yearly.

Some charter schools do not enroll a proportionate number of students that require special education or   student support services. Additionally, some charters are not required to provide transportation and         nutrition services.[29] The Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Part B, Sections 502–511    authorizes funding grants for charter schools.

Charter schools receive about 22 percent less in per-pupil public funding than the district schools that         surround them, a difference of about $1,800.

A 2010 study found that charters received 64 percent of their district counterparts, averaging $7,131 per pupil compared to the average per pupil expenditure of $11,184.

  1. Understand that charter school numbers are growing with approx. 6500 started.

400,000 on a wait list to get into them

School board members must live within the district.

Charter school proponents assert that charter schools are not given the opportunities to restructure often                 and are simply closed down when students perform poorly on these assessments.[22] As of March 2009,      12.5% of the over 5000 charter schools founded in the United States had closed for reasons including academic, financial, and managerial problems, and occasionally consolidation or district interference.

  1. How many private schools are in the USA–33.600—5.2m students–12:2 TEACHER RATIO–most private schoolsdepend on their own funding, which may come from parents through tuition,          grants,    donations, and endowments. Private schools also often actively seek money from alumni, businesses, and community organizations. If the school is associated with a religious group, as is the case        with Catholic parochial schools, the religious organization — like the Catholic Church — may be an             important source of funding as well. Finally, in areas with a voucher system, some private schools are               primarily funded by tuition paid for by a voucher from the state. Because they’re autonomous, private                 schools are free to offer religious education, or curriculum not regulated by state standards. Some good              schools are not accredited, although most are. Accreditation ensures that the school meets regional or                 national standards set by a group of peers. It also ensures that the school’s administration and academic    programs undergo review by an outside group at least once every few years. Tuition can be expensive

10 How many public schools are in the USA–98,300–50.4m students–16:1 TEACHER RATIO

  1. How many charter schools in the USA—6800–3m students–in 42 states
  2. in 2015 400 new charter schools ,while 270 closed due to low enrollment , lack of funds, los performance.
  3. TEACHERS: Many people assume that teachers at private schools are as qualified as those at public ones, but it’s noteworthy that public school teachers usually hold a bachelor’s degree and are state-certified or are working towards certification. Certification means that a teacher has gone through the training required by the state, which includes student teaching and course work. Teachers who work at a charter school may fall under more flexible certification requirements than other public school teachers. Teachers in private schools may not be required to have certification. Instead, they often have subject-area expertise and an undergraduate or graduate degree in the subject they teach.
  4. Public vs. private vs. charter schools— Every parent wants the best education for their children, but where should you begin your search? For many parents, choosing between the local public school, a charter school, or a private school can become a roadblock in and of itself. For many, personal bias plays a huge role in their choice. Some equate private school tuition with a superior education. Others are firmly committed to public schools because they provide a more diverse cultural experience. It can be confusing because school choices are much wider than they used to be. And depending on your family, your child and your district, the best choice may not be the neighborhood school around the corner. However, charter schools are still funded by government coffers and accountable to the government body — be it state, county, or district — that provides the charter.

15. MAGNET SCHOOLS: By law, public schools must accept every child in its district, but this doesn’t mean your child will get into the school of your choice. Magnet schools draw children from larger areas than a neighborhood zone and can be very difficult to get into. Some high-performing public schools accept children based on high test scores. Schools may also not accept a child based on limited resources:

So the teachers need to be certified for charter schools?—

  1. Charter schools are run like a non-profit organization?— Charter schoolsoffer an institutional hybrid. Like traditional public schools, charter schools are free, and they can’t discriminate against students because of their race, gender, or disability. However, parents must usually submit a separate application to enroll a child in a charter school, and like private schools, spaces are often limited. Charter schools are independently run, and some are operated by for-profit private companies.

However, charter schools are still funded by government coffers and accountable to the government body                 — be it state, county, or district — that provides the charter. (Many successful charters do substantial   additional fundraising as well.) If a school is mismanaged or test scores are poor, a charter school can be     shut down.

  1. No child left behind help start the charter school program?
  2. Are charter schools weaker in math and reading?—
  3. What is a uncommon school?

No. Charter schools can vary a great deal in their design and in their results. Uncommon   Schools creates    schools based on the principles and practices that have proven successful in producing significant        academic gains at high-performing urban charter public schools across the country. Uncommon schools           share the following key attributes: a college preparatory mission; high standards for academics and     character; a highly structured learning environment; a longer school day and a longer school year; a             focus on accountability and data-driven instruction; and a faculty of committed and talented leaders          and teachers. Schools within the Uncommon network are modeled on some of the highest-performing    urban public charter schools in the country. Each school admits students through a random lottery, must        give preference to students resident in the Community School District (CSD) in which the charter school is   located. Teachers Certification requirements vary on a state-by-state    basis.

  1. Do charter schools adjust their curriculum to meet student needs, adopt themes, subjects, and enforce new generations learning models
  2. What are charter schools strong points— allow children to have opportunity at top performing schools in the country, they close the achievement gap, they raise the bar, higher percentage accepted into college



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