Education your way, Charter Schools vs Public Schools In the recent years parents have been able to choose the type of education their children can receive. Unlike years past when children went to school where they live, now parents can base their children’s education on what is best for each individual child. In the last 20 years the number of Charter Schools has grown across the United States. Although Charter Schools are a free choice and publicly funded, typically their approach to education and operations are very different than Public Schools. Charter schools can design the curriculum to enhance the chosen student’s interest. This is a positive for all students, as specific curriculum can be implemented to enhance their strengths, …show more content…
First, they both share the same philosophy concerning the student’s education. For example, the philosophy of the Charter Schools is to use an alternative way to educate. They believe in doing what it takes to build students up to be successful by providing smaller classroom sizes, high academic goals, technology, and cutting edge teaching strategies. Public Schools share the same philosophy and they too believe in providing a strong education system, smaller classroom sizes and bringing the best technology for the betterment of the students. They both share in the same belief to educate all children no matter the race, religion, social class or special needs. Each individual school is responsible to provide a safe and positive learning environment. Although most Charter Schools do not provide programs for special needs children, it’s entirely up to the individual administration to make that decision. Public schools must provide services for those with special needs. Some have intense ESE (Exceptional Student Education) programs to help students adapt to mainstream classes. Parents of these students must do their due diligence to find the best learning environment for their …show more content…
They are also free from state and school district policies as well as procedures. They do, however, have to follow federal laws. They are allowed to modify class room sizes, hours of the school day, and base their selection of students on a lottery system basis. They are monitored carefully which produces accountability. They need to perform at the best level in order to keep parents from moving their children to a more suitable school. Charters receive public funding based on the number of students that are attending the school. They may also have private investors and sponsors to help fund the school. Charters do operate separate from the public school system (Yennie 1). Whereas, Baten goes on to explain, “Public schools are funded primarily by state and local sources; the federal government historically has provided less than 10 percent of public education funding. Each school district has a board of education or similar administrative group to oversee the schools performance; each state has an education department that sets academic standards for the school district to follow”
Children who grow up in poverty are faced with a series of issues which impact their education and social atmosphere. In both the school and home setting these children lack the proper resources which they need to succeed academically. Across the country, people have begun creating programs which aim to help children in poverty succeed, despite their socioeconomic status. These programs range from after-school reading, tutoring services, charter schools, and free summer programs. All of these programs provide children with extra academic help which they may not be receiving in school or at home.
America’s educational institutions continue to evolve in order to provide “the one best system” that will benefit students in their present and future educational endeavors. The One Best System written by David B. Tyack, interprets the challenges and criticisms of America’s beginning formal education institutions as well as discusses how the solutions were used to perpetuate existing power structures and social classes to shape education entirely. As the idea of educating America’s children began to spread, schools were viewed as a community due to the tightly knit groups that were formed among individuals. Community members believed that educational institutions were an opportunity for social amusement as they provided social contact with
In exchange for the strong accountability, No Child Left Behind gives states more flexibility in the use of their federal funding. As a result, principals and administrators have more time to devote to students’ needs and spend less time dealing with government forms. They have more freedom to be innovative and give resources as they are needed; thereby giving parents a greater opportunity to decide what schools need which programs. There has been a lot of controversy about No Child Left Behind. Teachers, schools, educational organizations and even some states have come forward and said that No Child Left Behind to be ineffective, not working, and overall flawed for many different reasons.
Basing school funding on property tax leads to unequal opportunities and environments for students, even though the government may claim it is not up to them, there needs to be a drastic change. Currently, taxes collected from the surrounding communities fund public school districts. Public schools get financed mainly by the property tax of the surrounding houses. “Resources available to school districts relied heavily on local property wealth, and property wealth per pupil varied greatly, as it continues today”
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide an overview to the Board of Education regarding the pros and cons of establishing the first charter school (commonly referred to as “school choice”) in our school district. Its proponents argue parents should have the right to use tax dollars for charters to achieve higher standards and better student outcomes. First, “What is a charter school?” Charter schools “charters” are independent public schools established under charter granted by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (“BOE”). And, secondly, “How are character school operated”?
Charter schools are a different type of school that is helpful to some students but not all. What a charter school is, they are privately managed, taxpayer funded schools which are made up from the community. However charter schools are not like private schools they are in fact outlined after public schools. Charter schools are for students who want to achieve a high level education. The schools are open to all children, they don’t charge tuition and there are no special requirements for them to attend.
Donors are donating money to charter schools, and those donors are linked to the government through political campaigns. All this money for charter schools is unfair to public schools, as they usually have more kids than charter schools thus they need more money. Public schools also have more teachers than charter schools, but they receive less money than charter school teachers because all the government funding is going towards charter
Have you ever seen innocent kids and disappointed parents crying in front of happy smile of other families? That sad image is usually caught in the lottery of any charter school. Ted Cruz said in School Choice Week “ And yet, there are millions of kids in the waiting list for charter school. We should not put our future in the wait list.”
School choice is the idea that parents should be able to choose which school they want to send their children to, whether they enroll them to private, charter, parochial or virtual schools, or just decide to homeschool them. “Charter schools are our best hope for meaningful change in education. Yet, many parents are leery of charter schools or confused by them.” (“Should all Schools”) Some politicians and teachers believe that school choice takes away money from them since they do use tax dollars.
With unavailable resources, students with learning disabilities may not have the support they need to succeed. Due to the lack of resources they may also get discouraged, leading them to transfer from a charter school to a traditional public school.
Although, many options exist and no matter where you stand on the issue on how to educate our youth or children, all the funding should exist even more so in our public schools especially in the early years pre-k and kindergarten or elementary school students. This is so important because even if people are all for charter schools, private schools or home schools; those special students will eventually have to work and live next to majority of the students who went through public schools and it is very important that the public school kids get the absolute best guidance through their early years. If we do not give them everything we got we will end up with many problems. The problems we will have are not just people who have low reading and math skills but also potentially people who have low self-esteem and have many different mental problems. Public school funding goes beyond simply reading, writing, and math.
However Charter schools are still ran by the government, they also don’t discriminate by race, religion, or gender. If a school is mismanaged or test scores are poor, a charter school can be shut down. Most Charter schools don’t often have athletics available for the students. For this reason the students are allowed to play for the nearest Public school team. Charter schools exist in 40 states and the District of Columbia.
In addition, there is only one class for a particular grade; there is no need to change class. The bells only rings for recess and special need students are not separated from other students. There is no school bus. However, in America some private school’s students wear uniform; and public school’s student wear regular clothes.
So what will help save a district financially and still allow students to receive a quality education? Students attending a local charter school. By attending a local charter schools, this can help a home school district not to be bankrupt and allow students to attend a school in their own community. Also, charter schools may provide a quality education just the same as another district,
Educators, Professional Organizations, and Researchers have written extensively on the topic of charter schools in general, but little research exists on the topic of charter schools in Virginia. This chapter presents a review of the literature on charter schools, including how they operate and are funded. It also provides an exploration of the history of related education reform in Virginia which informs a short discussion of the barriers to charter school proliferation in Virginia. American Education America’s public schools were designed to put children into two groups—small thinkers and large doers—since Thomas Jefferson as Governor of Virginia defined the two roles of public education in the late 18th century (Vollmer, 2010). As shown in his directions of public schools, he did not design public education to teach all children to high levels.