Wednesday, April 25, 2012

How Charter Schools Are Only "Public" In That They Feed at the Public Trough

Here is a fact sheet being distributed in Williamsburg/Greenpoint on Eric Grannis' charter that will "compete" with his wife Eva Moskowitz' charters. Email me for the pdf if you want to share.

Citizens of the World Charter Schools
are trying to open TWO privately managed charter schools into our district. They intend to move into our public schools, draw white middle class kids away from our schools and into theirs (with enrollment targets of 55% white families), and take away our valuable art rooms, science labs, music rooms, computer labs, and mixed space for special needs kids. When you scratch beneath the surface of the glossy marketing, are these proposals offering anything new or different?
What do Public Schools offer vs. the proposed Charter Schools?
The Neighborhood Public Schools
Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Project-based Learning
Yes
Yes
Constructivist Learning models with Differentiated Instruction
Yes
Yes
Ongoing robust assessment of children’s learning for ongoing academic interventions
Yes
Yes
Balanced Literacy including leveled library, Workshop Model and Writing Curriculum out of Teachers College
Yes
Yes
Authentic literature in the classroom
Yes
NO
Service learning and integration of meaningful community service with classroom curriculum
Yes
Yes
Community building within the school community including character education, respect for diversity, and addressing the “whole child” with attention to the social and emotional development of children.
Yes
Yes
Arts threaded through the Curriculum
Yes
Yes
Parents involvement in shaping school budget
Yes
NO
Parents involvement in the evaluation and assessment of educational programs
Yes
NO
Teachers with more than 3 years Experience
Yes
NO
Teachers with Masters Degrees +30 hours
Yes
NO
Principals with more than 10 years of leadership/classroom experience
Yes
NO
Regular job-embedded professional development for teachers including Backwards Planning, technology in the classroom, and re-directing reluctant learners.
Yes
Yes
Casual policy to hold back children in grades K-3 (grade retention)
NO
Yes
A commitment to educate EVERY child in the community
Yes
NO
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