The following is a response to an opinion piece from NY Daily News regarding Harlem Success needing to be relocated.
"they are explicitly denied some funding streams, like facilities
funding, made available to district schools" So the 9 out of 45 charter
schools that are being relocated out of public schools were doing
fundraising to pay $0 rent? What facilities funding do they need if
charter schools aren't paying rent?
"They educate some of our most challenging students, the vast majority of
them low-income, black and Latino. They are open to all applicants,
with seats determined by random lottery." Charter schools get to
filter out the most challenging students, those without family structure
concerned enough to apply for the lottery.
"proof of what can
happen when you smartly unleash innovation within a system that, thanks
in no small part to a rigid teachers’ union contract," so the only means
of succeeding is breaking the backs of unions? So the egalitarian and
democratic need to have everyone educated
regardless of ability to pay can't be delivered by employees as long as
they have a say in their own workplace? Democracy is great, except in the workplace according to Josh Greenman.
space that the charter schools were using as class rooms, you know the
art, music, & other non-classrooms, they displaced public school
children from their art and music facilities so there was significant
draw back to students, just the ones that weren't in the charter
schools. On second thought both are harmed by duplicating the
bureaucracy of school administration and hampering art & music
education of both segments of the student population.
innovation can be transferred into the public schools system at-large?
If charter schools were acting as they were intended to, as experimental
educational policies that would benefit the greater school system, that
previous question could be answered and the charter schools have self
evident value to all students, currently they are not. When charter
schools are used merely to undercut a unionized workforce, and
educational benefits stem from culling students with family backgrounds
that place value on education enough to enter the school lottery, then
their raison d'etre is non-existent. Pointing out that there are outside
funding sources for district schools just as there is for charter
schools leaves me with the question: What is differentiating factor why
donors contribute to charter schools instead of the public schools other
than political philosophy? If someone is hellbent to privatize all
functions of government, contributing to charter schools is an efficient
means to get the camel's nose under the tent to an American expected
government service. Charter schools should unionize, if they were
creative in their contract maybe using project labor agreements (PLA)
over the school year, and then deliver innovative educational solutions
the so-called opponents of charter schools would either dissipate or
have unfounded objections to charter schools. If in this hypothetical
situation where charter schools tackle resolving both unionized
workforce and policy solutions to our educational system, while
receiving the same support from private sources, then my accusation that
the charter school movement is entirely a stalking horse for
plutocratic sycophants is unfounded; but in the case that a charter
school can't raise funds for a democratic workplace then that would
prove my accusation. And to avoid any benefit from prejudicing the student
body of charter schools, NYC should implement a charter school draft of
all non-special needs students so the students with families that do not
speak English at home and are domicile and/or nutritionally insecure are
included in the charter school experiment; since the leaders of these
charter schools are run "remarkably well" despite being "complex and
unique organizations", so I'm sure they can handled that I'm mean the public schools in large part also are meeting the state standards and their administrators are doing it for half the cost than Eva Moskowitz.