As originally conceived, the ideal model of a charter school was as a legally and financially autonomous public school (without tuition, religious affiliation, or selective student admissions) that would operate much like a private business-free from many state laws and district regulations, and accountable more for student outcomes rather than for processes or inputs (such as Carnegie Units and teacher certification requirements).
Minnesota was the first state to pass a charter school law in 1991. California was second, in 1992. As of 2015, 42 states and the District of Columbia have charter school laws, according to the Center for Education Reform. However, on March 19, 2015, Governor Robert Bentley of Alabama signed “The School Choice and Student Opportunity Act,” authorizing the creation of public charter schools, making it the 43rd state to do so. (Wikipedia)
Charter schools became popular in America because of the continues failure of public schools to provide every child with the education children received in private schools.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools states that there are currently 233 charter schools open in (New York) state. There are 2,161 private schools in New York.
According to Private School Review, the “Average Private School Tuition Cost (2015-2016) for New York State was $14,786.
As of 2012, Mark Berman of Post Nation reports that “New York spends the most per pupil $19,552” on education.
Unfortunately, New York’s children are not receiving a “private school” education. They do not even receive a good public school education.
We are constantly barraged with the rhetoric that there is not enough money to properly educate our children when the reality is education dollars are being spent to insure the profits of the “hedgehogs” who make money from the success of students that make it to college and the failure of students who end up in jail.
When we, the people, raise our voice against our current system of education, we can create a free and public system of education that is developmentally appropriate, Arts based and experiential. One that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the individual gifts and talents of ALL of our children.
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