Does this sound familiar? Granted the situation I refer to was not a charter taking over, but it might has well have been. It tears the heart right out of a community and its people. We call this democracy?
This is what it looks like when a school dies.Read here.
The Austin school board–at the urging of the district superintendent Meria Carstarphen–decided to hand over Allan elementary school to a charter chain called IDEA. She said that IDEA had the formula to raise the academic achievement of the children in that school.
The new charter is supposed to enroll 600 students. Only 77 of the children who previously attended Allan will attend the new charter school. Most people would consider that a vote of no-confidence in the charter, the superintendent who was their advocate, and the school board that acted against the wishes of the local community.
How can the charter raise the academic achievement of the children in the school when nearly 90% of them are not enrolled there any more?
The Austin superintendent of schools was very determined to bring IDEA into the district, despite opposition from…
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