Moi received the following comment in response to Charter Schools As A Catalyst for Better Public Schools
Gina Craven 7 hours ago
Publicly funded yet privately managed – Charter School fraud is an easy concept. Charters can be succesful it depends on the “agenda” of the the managing company. Accountability has not caught up to the growth of the Charter movement. In the USA we have an Islamic Imam – Fethullah Gulen (Gulen Movement) that manages over 130 US Charter schools they have taken over $1 billion in Educational monies in the last 10 years and are growing like rapid fire.
The Gulen schools have a network of foundations and instutitions layered over the schools and much of our educational money is going to non-educational expenses such as: Turkish Olympiads, trips to Turkey for the students and local politicians, H1-b Visas of over 2,000 uncredentialed teachers from Turkey (while American teachers are handed pink slips) this money is to fuel the grand ambition of Fethullah Gulen who lives in exile (for a reason) in the Poconos, PA area with his $25 billion in wealth from inflitration in: education, media, police, poltics and military. Seems the same model works very nicely in the USA. Do your research!!!
The Center for Education Reform has some good information about charter schools
How Do Charter Schools Differ From Traditional District Public Schools?
Charter schools operate on three basic principles:
Choice: Charter schools give families an opportunity to pick the school most suitable for their child’s educational well-being. Teachers choose to create and work at schools where they directly shape the best working and learning environment for their students and themselves. Likewise, charter sponsors choose to authorize schools that are likely to best serve the needs of the students in a particular community.
Accountability: Charter schools are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter contract. Charter schools must also show that they can perform according to rigorous fiscal and managerial standards. If a charter school cannot perform up to the established standards, it will be closed.
Check out CER’s Accountability Report: Charter Schools for more.
Freedom: While charter schools must adhere to the same major laws and regulations as all other public schools, they are freed from the red tape that often diverts a school’s energy and resources away from educational excellence. Instead of constantly jumping through procedural hoops, charter school leaders can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.
Some charter school programs focus on the basics — reading, writing and the traditional school subjects that some children struggle with. Other schools have special arts or music programs. Some charters look just like other public schools. There also are dropout prevention programs, adult education programs, charters that serve Head Start and day care needs, and charters that work with children who want to go to college.
Why Are Charter Schools So Popular?
Educational quality: The primary reason for charter schools is to make sure every child has access to a quality education. With the freedom and choice to do so, charters set higher standards and must meet them to stay in business. Most other public schools stay in business no matter how poorly they perform. Not so with charter schools. They are your ticket to higher-quality schools.
Focus on the kids: Perhaps most important, a charter school is set up around the needs of children, not around the needs of adults. The focus should always be on the kids, and programs should be designed to help children succeed, no matter what it takes.
Safer, stronger communities: Charter schools typically engage local businesses and other organizations to help provide resources and services to the school and its families. Many charter schools create a community hub, whether it is turning an inner-city ghetto into bustling and safer neighborhood or whether it is bringing families in rural America together, charter schools have a proven effect on the strength and safety of a community.
Link here for more about Americans’ Attitudes Toward Charter Schools. Link here to find out more about bipartisan support for charter schools.
How Do Charter Schools Work?
The Law: Before you can have charter schools, you must have a state law. Forty states and the District of Columbia have enacted charter school laws. (The ten states that do not have charter school laws are Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. Click here to find out more.)
As is the case with most education laws, charter schools are born at the state level. Typically a group of concerned lawmakers drafts a bill that allows the creation of any number of charter schools throughout a state. The content of the charter law plays a large role in the relative success or failure of the charter schools that open within that state. CER has identified a number of factors that can work together to create an environment that promotes the growth and expansion of charter schools. Some of them are identified below.
One of the keys to a successful charter school system is strong authorization legislation.
Each state authorizes charter schools by state legislation. For a good overview of state laws, see US Charter Schools
Since 1991, 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have signed into law charter school legislation ( AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY). States in which a charter school law has not been passed include: AL, KY, ME, MT, ND, NE, SD, VT, WA, and WV.
The Education Commission of the States’ also provides a database of State Policies for Charter Schools where users can create comparisons of specific types of state policies for charter schools across several states and view predetermined reports on state policies for charter schools.
Moi does not support bigotry of any type and believes in the First Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees religious expression. Still, Ms. Craven has the right to question groups who may have the sole purpose of subverting the Constitutional principles upon which this nation is founded. There are practices of certain groups who claim the practices are part of THEIR religious expression which are in moi’s opinion out of place with this society and culture, like polygamy and genital mutilation, and child brides married to much older men. In this instance, civil rights laws, laws governing marriage and other legislation would allow prosecution of offenders. Charter school laws must be tighly drafted. For a religious charter school which is working, see Focus on Charter Schools: A Rainbow of Children Learning Hebrew
Jennifer Medina has a wonderful article in the New York Times about a rainbow of children learning Hebrew at a New York charter school. In Success and Scrutiny at Hebrew Charter School Medina reports:
Every so often, Aalim Moody, 5, and his twin sister, Aalima, break into a kind of secret code, chatting in a language their father does not understand.
Walking along Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, they make out the lettering on kosher food shops and yeshiva buses, showing off all they learn at the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Midwood, where they both attend kindergarten.
Ask Aalim his favorite song and he will happily belt out:
“Eretz Yisrael sheli yaffa v’gam porachat!” — My land of Israel is beautiful and blossoming! — and then he continues in Hebrew:
Who built it and who cultivated it?
All of us together!
I built a house in the land of Israel.
So now I have a land and I have a house in the land of Israel!
Aalim and Aalima are not Jewish. They worship at a mosque affiliated with the Nation of Islam. But at the Hebrew Language Academy, they fit right in.
When state officials approved the school, critics wondered whether it would become a publicly financed religious school masquerading as a place open to everyone. And after a battle for space, it landed in a yeshiva.
But as the school’s first year draws to a close, its classrooms are filled with a broad range of students, all seeming confident enough to jabber away as if they were elbowing their way down Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem. Perhaps surprisingly, the school has become one of the most racially mixed charter schools in the city. About a third of the 150 students are black, and several are Hispanic.
The school’s organizers say it has been so successful that they plan to help create dozens like it, pledging to spend as much as $4.8 million next year to seed schools in Phoenix, Minneapolis and Manhattan Beach, Calif., in addition to one set to open next fall in East Brunswick, N.J.
But despite its diversity, the school still faces scrutiny over how it will handle religion and the complicated politics of the Middle East….[Emphasis Added]
The Hebrew Language Academy is one of the successes of the charter movement. Of course there are challenges with any new enterprise and any school with a religious component will face scrutiny. Many parents are not Jewish, they simply want what most parents want, a good education for their children.
There are groups and individuals who do hate this culture and its freedoms, people must be real about that. Still, that does not give one a license for bigotry of any type, in moi’s opinion
WE must enforce OUR laws and stand firmly against the bigots both within and without.
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