You Can’t Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

Rochester River School charter proposal advances
“Two charter schools looking to open in 2018, including the Rochester River Charter School, have passed an initial hurdle in the application process. Both the River School, which would have an environmentally conscious curriculum, and Rochester STEAM Academy Charter School, a technology- based program, had their letters of intent accepted by the State University of New York Charter Schools Institute, which can authorize new schools.”

Are we for public education or against it? Are we for charter schools or against them? Are we for privatization, vouchers, school choice, urban/suburban bussing, unions or against them?

This is a very difficult and confusing time for education in America. We all want the best education for our children possible but no one seems to know what that is or what to support.

It is clear that testing is out, no one wants that but the federal and state governments that fund local education agencies, primarily inner-city LEA’s. Unfortunately, it is the inner-city LEA that is under attack and faced with the challenges and choices of what to do and how to do it. It is also the inner-city LEA that is least likely to opt-out of testing.

In the struggle to do what is right for public education we are neglecting to do what is best for children. We are trying desperately to fix a system that is inherently destructive to the humanity of all children regardless of they type of school they attend or where that school is located.

We fight standardized testing but not the standardization of our children. We fight for the creativity provided by charter schools but not the right of all children to learn creatively.

We are willing to bus children to schools we know are better but are unwilling to make the schools in their own neighborhoods as good.

And while we say we want great schools for all children, there is a clear message here that only some children, lottery winners, children with concerned parents, children who fit into the norm, deserve an excellent education.

Join the Movement to Save Our Children!

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