I have been a charter school parent for a few years now. It is fascinating to me, and I do think it is a legitimate topic that should be addressed. Many of my friends and colleagues are charter school parents as well, so I thought I would share my experience and provide insight about what it is like to be in a public charter school.
Public charter schools are public schools that are privately run by parents who choose to have the schools run by the school board (often called the “charter authority”). Most public school districts now have a few public charter schools. Those that are not run by the charter authority choose to have the school board govern them, but they are still overseen by the charter school’s board of directors.
Public charter schools are a good deal to private school districts because they are not beholden to the charter authority and are not subject to the same regulations as traditional public schools. In most cases, there is no cap on the number of students per teacher. The school is just a place where a set of private parents can have their kids. The tuition for a public charter school is typically much less than the school district or charter authority would pay, but many public charter schools charge more than the district pays.
The problem is that with a lot of charter schools, you can’t make sure the school is run by the same types of people. For example, in a charter school, it is very common for teachers to be hired by people who are not the school’s actual employees. This makes it difficult for the school to police itself. The public school can’t just call the teachers’ homes and ask them what they are doing and what they are buying to ensure that everything is above board.
The charter school system is very different. In a charter school, the school is the employer. The school makes the teacher’s life easier by offering them more money to do the work. Also, there are a lot of teachers that would enjoy teaching at a charter school. Most of these teachers would have a difficult time making a decision between a public school job and a charter school job.
While I’m sure there are teachers in their 20s/30s that would love to be teaching at a charter school, there are also teachers that want to teach in a public school because they were told they are “worse.” There is a lot of overlap between the two types of teachers. I can assure you that my colleagues would love to teach at a charter school, and I would love to teach at a public school.
But how do you know if you would be better or worse? You can’t see into the future and figure it out for yourself. You can only make these decisions based on your past experience. If you have a history of bad performance, you can’t be a charter school teacher. But if you have had no past negative performance, you can be a charter school teacher. In other words, your past performance isn’t enough to be a charter school teacher.
I think it’s fair to say that charter schools can be great for many reasons, but the problem is that they are all set up to fail because they use the same financial model as public schools. For instance, if you have a charter school, you can have a state-supported teacher and a private one. I think that this model is really unfair because it prevents the private school from providing the best education and the best teaching.
The first step in charter school finance is to get a state-provided teacher, who is then compensated with public funds. Unfortunately, the state pays for this teacher more than it would for a private teacher. And because the state provides teachers more funding, the charter school gets less.
The other problem is that if you have a private teacher, you are also giving up the right to get a state-supplied teacher. So if you don’t have a state-supplied teacher, you can’t expect a school that is not a charter to provide the best education.