An excellent commentary by a Chicago public school parent.
Also very sad, that conditions in the Chicago school district are such that they led Julie Vassilatos to write this in the first place.
Julie Vassilatos, a parent of children in the Chicago public schools, writes about how she explains the Chicago public schools to her children.
“No, kids, this school district isn’t normal.”
But it isn’t so much CPS I feel I need to explain. It isn’t so much the dictatorial leadership, the robotic degree of testing that’s required, the number of librarians who are fired, the unimaginable inequities among schools from neighborhood to neighborhood, a food contract that is so bad students all over the district are boycotting meals.
It’s not the way arts and music have disappeared from curricula, or the constant looming threat of hundreds, or thousands, of teachers being fired. It isn’t the revolving door of leadership and the chaos that ensues, or the dark insinuations from Springfield that our already untenably undemocratic situation could get a lot more North Korea on us.
It isn’t so much…
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If the charters are publicly funded, they should be overseen and regulatated by, and answerable to, the public, just like regular public schools. If they want no regulation and oversight, then they should not receive any taxpayers dollars.
This push to privatize the public schools, but keep the public dollars, is complete corporate greed at work.
Welcome to the oligarchy.
Charter schools are public schools.
But are they?
They don’t look like a duck. They don’t quack like a duck. Do you really want to serve them confit with a nice orange sauce?
Sure, charters are funded by tax dollars. However, that’s usually where the similarities end.
They don’t teach like public schools, they don’t spend their money like public schools, they don’t treat students or parents like public schools – in fact, that’s the very reason they exist – to be as unlike public schools as possible.
Advocates claim charters exist as laboratory schools. They are free to experiment and find new, better ways of doing things. Once they’ve proven their successes, these improved practices will eventually trickle down to our more traditional houses of learning.
At least, that’s the ideal behind them. But to my knowledge it’s never happened.
As a public school teacher, I…
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