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To: ohCompGk

Naturally I'm delighted that your neighborhood is apparently not in need of a charter school, but many communities are and as long as the stranglehold of the teachers' unions prevent and impede competition, the communities that need them will never get them. The teachers' unions are much like any other in that they exist to protect their membership....in this case, any deviation from the status quo is viewed as a threat and will be crushed whenever possible.

For decades, the test scores of children in the traditional government schools have been failing, both when compared against historical record and also when compared against similar data in other countries. The only solution that the teachers' unions have allowed until recently is in pleading for more money. In several test cities, the scores have actually gone down after huge influxes of money for additional teachers and revamped infrastructure. East St. Louis is a perfect example.

Charter schools and other solutions provide an option for parents to make use of if they wish to break out of what they perceive as a failing system, which in many communities it is. With time, the teachers' unions may decide that healthy competition brings out the best in schools, just as it does in students.


9 posted on 08/20/2004 2:25:35 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat
I'm not an educator or union member nor am I familiar with any charter schools so I can't speak with authority on any of them. I can appreciate, form the outside, the apparent selfishness of teachers unions.

According to the article 13-67% of charter schools are for failed students rather than failed schools so they are an option for both teachers and parents as an optional method. I don't think the government should be involved with optional methods. I think they should provide vouchers for those that don't want to partake in traditional public schools. I would consider this the best method to stimulate competition for teachers/unions.

One thing I am curious about that this article doesn't cover is how the graduates of charter schools fare after graduation compared to "regular students". Is it worth the trouble of dangling a carrot in from of a donkey when in the end he will still turn out a donkey?
10 posted on 08/20/2004 4:16:36 AM PDT by ohCompGk
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