Politics are policies are definite factors, as well as the fact that the evidence is getting out that these are, on average, not yielding the results that either match their hype or that actually lead to higher academic achievement and thusly, to graduation rates, relative to the traditional public school system.
Do read this widely-read post to my blog which is a report on Texas charter schools conducted by the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) out of San Antonio titled, "Texas Charter School System Suffers Low Graduation Rates." Go to link on my blog to read about this. Also read: "Charters and Consequences" by the Public Education Network and follow them on Twitter at @
Parents, don't believe the hype. And think twice before enrolling your child in a charter schools. Not that they're all bad, but rather that on average, literally, they are a risky proposition.
As importantly, don't be a "consumer" which is the kind of identity that this industry forces you into becoming, but rather an "owner," meaning a deep sense of ownership regarding our children's future in the public arena where you have a voice through elected school boards and public accountability processes. You hand over these rights and processes to a corporation when you pursue charter schools.
And join the movement for public, community schools and grassroots organizing for educational change. We NEED you at the school board meetings, in the Texas State Legislature, at the State Board of Education where charters are approved, and as advocates for your schools.
By this, I do not at all mean to accept things as they are, but rather as they should be, including community-oriented, inclusive, equitable, social justice oriented, culturally and linguistically resonant curriculum and pedagogy, Ethnic Studies, university partnerships, homegrown educators and leaders, arts-infused, ecologically literate, and all the wonderful things that we as students, parents, and community can envision for the future of public education.
Sí se puede! Yes we can!