It seems like all of today’s news is about charter schools. I have no problem with charter school teachers or students, but I do personally have some major issues with certain charter school operators. I can even see the advantages of a charter school that could be innovative away from the stifling CPS bureaucracy, but the only innovation I’m really seeing from the charter sector is in marketing or in lobbying.
“I’ve been very vocal about this: I don’t want a school to close down that would have a charter school replace it,” Ald. James Cappleman (46th) said.
“Of course whole states get to join in the party this week. Take North Carolina for example where parents can choose what race they want their children educated with. Anybody who saw the movie Remember the Titans saw just how tough integration was in the South, but just imagine how much better that movie would have been as two movie—one about a plucky white football team and another about a scrappy black football team. “
“Students at Epic Charter High School have been telling me and others that they feel the school doesn’t know how to run properly. “They’re experimenting,” the students say (while remaining anonymous for now).
At nearby Bowen High School, I am told, again by off-the-record sources, that in the middle of the year last school year, students from Epic would show up. They had been kicked out of Epic.”
“We call on the Chicago Board of Education and the leadership of Chicago Public Schools to:
● Eliminate standardized testing for children from preschool to 2nd grade and greatly reduce it for 3rd grade and above.
● End the use of standardized testing data to evaluate students and educators and to close schools.
● Fully disclose the cost, schedule, nature, and purpose of all standardized tests.”