The desperation of these parents [to get into a Charter School] is hardly surprising. In one Harlem school district, not one public elementary school has more than 55% of its pupils reading at the level expected for their grade. And 75% of 14-year-olds are unable to read at their grade level. So Harlem parents are beginning to leave the public school system in crowds.
But sadly many are on the wrong side on this issue:
Unfortunately, many local politicians oppose charter schools. They have tried to cap their numbers, or refused to let them share buildings with public schools. The legislature in Albany has mandated that if a charter school has more than 250 students before its third year of existence, the teachers must unionise. That spoils everything.
There is nothing like choice to tidy up a slack system. Disasters like the NCEA and the Early Numeracy Project would never have happened in a school system with a bit of competition. Let's hope it can happen here.
A good sign that it must be a good thing (apart from the actual results) is that the Unions are dead against it:
The state's largest school employee union hired a Washington, D.C., consulting firm to craft a public relations strategy for limiting the expansion of charter schools in Delaware.
Earlier this year, two bills that would have created roadblocks for charter schools were drafted with DSEA backing. The first would allow charter schools to apply for conduit bond financing only through the Delaware Economic Development Office when seeking money at low interest rates for capital projects. After Delaware Military Academy was denied conduit bond financing in Delaware last year, it applied through the state of Arizona.
Meece thinks the DSEA-backed legislation would prevent most new charters from opening and current charters from being renewed.
If only the environmentalists could also express a view, we could be certain.