Former congressman Kucinich is misguided in his criticism of charter public schools. As usual, he’s got plenty to say when it comes to school choice, but is strangely silent in ignoring the many examples of failure within government-run schools that have caused thousands of families to escape to charters in the first place.
SPRINGFIELD — When the first 90 students at Libertas Academy, the city’s newest public charter school, head to classes in August, they’ll be living a dream come true for the school’s founder, 28-year-old Modesto Montero.
In “Three Signs That a Proposed Charter School Is at Risk of Failing”, analysts Anna Nicotera and David Stuit investigated that very question, examining more than six hundred charter school applications across four states. They found three “risk factors” in approved applications that were significant predictors of a school’s future weak performance in its first years of operation:
Ironically, Universal Companies, a non-profit charter operator is accused of caring more about profits than about kids.
Students at a local charter school returned from spring break to find their entire school had changed, after the charter school company suddenly decided to end its contract with Milwaukee Public Schools. According to MPS, Universal Companies notified the district in March that they wanted to leave the Universal Academy for the College Bound Webster Campus on April 7.
SB 808 is one of three pieces of anti-charter legislation championed by the state’s largest teacher’s union, the California Teachers Association. The bill limits the ability of charter schools to open new campuses or renew existing agreements by requiring them to seek approvals to operate from local school districts only. The bill would also greatly limit the appeals process if a district turns down a charter.