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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 2:00 am

Maryland's charter school laws are among the worst in the nation, according to two studies released this year.

The Washington-based Center for Education Reform and National Alliance for Public Charter Schools evaluated the content and implementation of charter school laws in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

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68 comments:

  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 10:16 pm on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Before opening a charter school in Maryland, please find out what it will entail. Then don't waste your time complaining about the rules.

    http://www.mdcharternetwork.org/


    Maryland Charter School Founder’s Manual

    http://www.mdcharternetwork.org/documents/MCSNFoundersManual03-09.pdf

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 12:36 pm on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    FCPS segregates low functioning students at Rock Creek. FCCS will only ever have high functioning students with disabilities.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 12:33 pm on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    A child who doesn't pass the HSAs does not graduate.

    No teacher, no administrator, will suffer more than the child who can not get a job and earn a living because their education didn't prepare for the world.

    Teachers, administrators, and association representatives already have a job.

    No more teacher hero, parent bum stories are needed.

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 11:58 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    I'm glad you finally admit that I have a great mind and that you don't think like me. First thing you've said that I agree. [beam]

     
  • ehpercy posted at 2:26 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Just a note to everyone. I did not have stevem's remark, however foolish and idiotic it may have been, that followed my last remark flagged for removal.

    I would have rather left it, in light of the previous statements in this thread, as an indictment of himself.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 1:42 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Well said. There are costs to being at an out of district school by choice.

    Disclosure - being political and am putting it on the Tea Party and the Blaine and Neumark disciples to answer. Choosing to pay to be elsewhere sounds awfully free market to me. So why do the "conservatives" that want charters demand that their "choice" be subsidized at my expense in extra taxes, when a higher quality product is being provided at less expense? Please explain why paying for relatively efficient, high quality, regular schools are such a burden when you expect me to pay more for the unproven boutique school?

     
  • ehpercy posted at 1:30 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    That is what you bought into. Private school on the cheap. Get the portables off the playgrounds at the regular schools and then we may talk about your other issues.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 1:18 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    As a further note, FCCS cannot by law exclude students, but they can toss them back to their "regular" school if they are disruptive to their program.

    You may feel what is best for your children, but that feel may not align with what the law expects. You can not hold the employees of the system liable for applying what they can do under the law which is most likely not in alignment with what you want the school system to pay for.

    I dearly hope that someone, within the law, has gotten a breakthrough with your children, but in the eyes of the government (not the teachers, not the Principal, not the Superintendent, not the BOE, but the Crystal Palace in Baltimore and the high school dropouts that have been elected to Annapolis along with the College dropouts in Congress a decade ago) if your child does not pass the tests then they are a failure. Plain and simple, and the only people that will get penalized are the teachers that succeed in so many ways.

    Please don't let the leadership of FCCS tell you that your special needs children have found the path to success because they are happy.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 1:03 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    I am going to assume that your are not involved with FCCS but the better managed/governed Montessori Charters.

    But that being said, if you have children in your school that are under the auspices of IDEA you are either paying staff to be in house, at added cost to the school system, or are relying on the resources provided by Federal Law by FCPS that are reflected in the overall budget.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 12:52 am on Sat, Mar 22, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    JanZ, the specific documentation is not public because of all sorts of privacy regulations. That being said, do the math. Take the total Operating Budget and divide it by the number enrolled students. You are going to get pretty darn close to $12,800.

    Now do the more complicated math that Mr. Neumark says is being taught. Any student that needs an intervention or special assistance attaches costs to that student. Be it an hour a week, an hour a day, several hours a day, all school day, all school day at Rock Creek, all school day at a special placement, all year at a special placement, all year residential - take your pick. How much extra do you think that costs? Oh, lets not forget, all those portables out there, which cost 4 or more times per square foot to operate than a brick and mortar building. On top of that, do take into account the H/R department that is managing your teacher's salary and benefits, and at call staff to assist with your program or the accounting staff that is paying your bills.

    Assuming that your child, like my children, are very bright and not tasking any or many additional services that FCPS is required by law to provide, they get educated cheaply. Why? Because they have engaged parents that tell them that striving to be their best is not an option.

    I am going to say this bluntly. Tom Neumark is a charlatan. His so called facts and figures do not hold up under the light of day and he is working hard to get out from any scrutiny that may be applied to his school. For disclosure I was supportive, but not enthusiastic, of the Montessori Charter because they had solid program and proven track record. FCCS does not have that solid program or proven track record. Mr. Neumark and his disciples have sold the school on a thin premise with misguided and misleading information. I will take the Montessori's hard facts over Mr. Neumark's untrained wistful feelings any day of the week.

    If you want a better education about Charters, have Mr. Neumark give you my e-mail.

     
  • brian posted at 11:22 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    brian Posts: 68

    Please, document this. I would love to see an example of this in Frederick County.

     
  • brian posted at 11:18 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    brian Posts: 68

    I am trying to understand what your beef with FCCS and the other charter schools is. MVMPCS has students with IEPs. Just because we are a charter school doesn't mean we get to discriminate against prospective students. We hold a full lottery that does not ask about gender, race, or disabilities (physical or otherwise).

     
  • brian posted at 11:16 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    brian Posts: 68

    And that's where you'd be wrong. I am very active in one of the charter schools here in Frederick. And the school allows the principal and others decide what positions are hired for - within reason, of course.

     
  • brian posted at 11:09 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    brian Posts: 68

    The funds for teachers (and other staff) come from the PPA. Outside of that, charter schools have to pay for rent, building maintenance, snow removal, etc.

     
  • brian posted at 11:07 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    brian Posts: 68

    Some of the money earmarked as PPA are withdrawn by the school district to pay for things the school would otherwise be responsible for. Some of these items include certain maintenance jobs that cannot be conducted in-house by school employees.

     
  • fccsmom1 posted at 10:45 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    fccsmom1 Posts: 12

    ehpercy...could you please send me any documents that support your claims? Or could you tell me where to get that information? i am looking for factual documents.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 8:40 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Guess what, every Special Ed Coordinator is overworked because the school system does not get funding to deal with that. The problem is further hampered by the resources that are being siphoned to open up Charters.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 8:37 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Well, you certainly are not a rocket scientist., because you would know that Mr. Neumark advocates phonics. But it is not that simple because whether phonics is used or whole word is used or something in between greatly depends on the child's development.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 8:29 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    It is not, because Whitter did not get $12,800 for your child, just like OHS and TJMS do not get $12,800 for my children. I really wish Mr. Neumark would quit disseminating this lie.

    As I said below, the $12,800 is total FCPS Operating Budget/divided by number of enrolled students. No matter what Mr. Neumark's propaganda says, that is what that number is and he has led you to believe it is a heck of a lot more meaningful than the simple average it is.

    If you want $12,800 for your child then for h3ck sure there better be $12,800 for every student in the system. Oh, and guess what? When that happens, it will still be below the system average.

     
  • fccsmom1 posted at 7:04 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    fccsmom1 Posts: 12

    So here is a question...My children went to Whitter Elementary last year. Whitter received 12,800 per child. They transferred yes transferred.to another Frederick County School and they give their new school 8,000.

    Is this discrimination?

    Why or why not ?

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 6:27 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Obviously great minds don't think a like in this situation anyway.

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 6:23 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    Yeah, well, the core curriculum has just started in Maryland. The "graduates" from such a system have not reached graduation, yet. However, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see where this going?
    I know because we've seen before how a bad curriculum produces bad results. Recall the correction that eventually had to be introduced. It was called "hooked on phonics." I saw great improvement UNTIL, naturally, it was stopped. In America, things that work well HAVE to be stopped and replaced immediately with something that doesn't! That's the American way!!!

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 6:13 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    Talk about being idealogically slanted!!!

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 6:11 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    No. Once again an erroneous interpretation and rewording.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 5:27 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Some students who are autistic are high functioning.

    http://teacch.com/educational-approaches/recommendations-for-students-with-high-functioning-autism-kerry-hogan

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 5:24 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Isn't that first question you asked yourself; who wrote the parameters for compliance and why should I comply?

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 5:23 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Thats fine we'll keep them honest.

     
  • ehpercy posted at 5:19 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    stevem's comment was directly about Maryland Graduates and specifically about engineering students. His comment was nothing more than an idealogical rant that has no basis in fact. But since the article was reiteration of a idealogically slanted studies and opinion of the head of FCCS I guess that is par for the course. It does not speak highly of the education that they are trying to promote.

     
  • darththevader posted at 5:00 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    darththevader Posts: 1866

    The story is about state charter school laws. Not about Maryland graduates in general

     
  • ehpercy posted at 4:26 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Hhmmm one of the top engineering schools in the nation, located in College Park, MD, seems to be quite satisfied with Maryland High School Graduates that enter that school.

    As to the article, I have a suspicion that the story was delivered to the reporter wrapped in a tidy little bow. So who is dictating the interpretation of the "findings" of these two organizations?

     
  • ehpercy posted at 4:21 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ehpercy Posts: 379

    Once again we see this myth. The ~$12,000 figure that gets thrown around is the total FCPS operating budget divided by the total number of students. Go do the math.

    Many students cost much less to educate and some cost very much more to educate, especially students with special needs. It would be nice if that number was the base number but it isn't.

    Demanding the average means taking away from other students in the system. The leadership of FCCS knows it intellectually dishonest talking point but continues to use it as an arguement.

     
  • public-redux posted at 3:53 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    public-redux Posts: 3008

    As a general rule, FCPS doesn't provide transportion for students who go to non-districted schools (there maybe exceptions for special ed. or other categories of students; I don't know).

    Our family took advantage of the considerable school choice opportunities within the traditional FCPS schools. My kids go to non-districted schools; we provide the transportation. So far as I can tell, students who go to charter schools are treated exactly the same in this regard as are all other students in FredCo who do no attend the school to which they are districted.

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 3:53 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    I knew it wouldn't take long for someone to start entering their own words of interpretation to guide all of us on how something is to be viewed. [beam]

     
  • newtofc posted at 3:53 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    newtofc Posts: 1335

    Charter schools don't "want" to be public schools, they "are" public schools. They don't want to be any more independent than any other public school. Their kids follow the same rules and take the same tests and the principal answers to the same school administration. They are ranked with all the other public schools and have to meet the same goals. The students are not hand picked and disruptive students are handled as they would be in any other public school.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 3:52 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Acknowledging that scores on a national reading test may have been inflated, Maryland education officials changed course this week, saying they will work harder to reduce the number of special education students excluded from taking the test.

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-11-28/news/bs-md-special-ed-accommodations-20131126_1_maryland-scores-eighth-grade-reading-maryland-students

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 3:46 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Do they have an IEP or 504 plan?

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 3:44 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Doesn't FCPS pay the teachers, manage the pension and healthcare.

    What would FCCS have to do if it was a private school and FCPS did nothing?

     
  • newtofc posted at 3:38 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    newtofc Posts: 1335

    Care to show us your source for that allegation. Charter schools follow the same rules, regulations, and policies as any other public school. They are no different in that regard.

     
  • whatever posted at 3:26 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    whatever Posts: 3

    Really? None of your business but if it makes you feel better -my boys are the product of early intervention...and mainstreamed thanks to the interventions of the public school system. If you want to use the term "high functioning" so be it. We choose to recognize them as amazing and FCCS has embraced them and worked with them as they adjusted to a different school, different expecations and have not once mentioned that they did not have the resources to handle them. However in the past 6 years I have fought both public and private systems for each and every accomodation in place for them. I have appealed decisions and worked hard. They have sensory issues, speech and pragmatic issues as well as some handwriting and processing concerns. They suffer from anxiety and attention issues. They are challenging and exceptional. Please do not try and say that because they function...they are accepted.

     
  • capt41 posted at 3:24 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    capt41 Posts: 12

    Just as an FYI, Frederick County gives $12,000 (no, I do not remember the exact amount spent per child, but it was over $12K last year) per student in a public school, Charter schools get $8,000 and have to pay for their own building, transporatation, and utilities. Whereas a public school gets the full amount of money and doesn't have to use that $12k for utilities and buildings.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 3:09 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Yes we do need to keep those disabled children in their place otherwise when they become disabled adults they might try to get a job and take jobs from able bodied adults.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    So you believe the State of Maryland should write it's laws to confirm with what an organization that represents charter schools wants them to be?

    I should change my name to 1stNegative since in this case I am actually advocating for the status quo.

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 2:39 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    squibmyer: [thumbup]

     
  • stevem90999 posted at 2:33 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    stevem90999 Posts: 498

    What's so "news" about this? We already know Maryland government is crooked as a cork screw. Always has been and always will be as long as the crooked democrats have a strangle hold on Maryland politics. Liberals don't want children outside of the mainstream school system because they can't reprogram your children to the liberal mindset while you're away at work. That's what the core curriculums are all about. Tax funds for those who implement and compliance by schools through government inspectors, periodically. It's not about teaching or having the kids learn. How else can you make 3 x 4 = 11 and be counted correct if the student can explain what method was used to arrive at that answer?! Thus, Maryland makes sure it's doubly hard to qualify to home teach your children. Again, they can't reprogram your children the liberal way if they're home taught. God help us if these kids want to become civil engineers working on a highway bridge with a math background like this!

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 2:26 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Disruptive children are accommodated in regular education. I sat in the elementary school office listening to a disruptive child in detention for a cooling down period. I witnessed the child being physically carried into the office by two staff persons; one on either side of a small child.

    Claiming a severely disabled child who can bearly move will be disruptive is a misrepresentation of fact. The only thing disruptive is the reality of the severity of the child's disability. The fear of your own feelings of dispare when you witness the child's trials and tribulations. So that's why you don't know people who can never work exist.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 2:16 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Actually it is generally accepted that the classroom consists of learners at multiple levels of competency; anywhere from one year behind to one year ahead, spanning three years. The truly inclusion classroom consists of learners over a wider spread not unlike the one room school of the pioneer days. All learners are respected for working at their level of comfort.

    I attended a workshop put on by a professor who explained this learning environment almost 25 years ago. Maryland is still stuck in its segregated learning environment. Even students who require mechanical ventilation have won cases at the US Supreme giving them the right to attend public school in the least restrictive environment which is the school they would have attended if not disabled.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 2:09 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    The salary is paid by the FCPS? Yes of course it is because the school doesn't just give FCCS $11,000 per student and say thats it you hirer the teachers you need.

     
  • whatever posted at 1:55 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    whatever Posts: 3

    Frederick Classical Charter school does not exclude children with disabilities. I have two children who are autistic and attend the school. The school has been open and willing to work with them and me. They are receiving all the necessary accomodations and took the MSA's.

    The special ed. coordinator is amazing and overworked. Get your facts before you make "general' comments. FCCS holds themselves to high standards and the support and guidance my children receive is testimony to that.

     
  • fccsmom1 posted at 1:14 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    fccsmom1 Posts: 12

    Why would Frederick Classical Charter School have a Special Education teacher on staff?????

    Hint......because they have children with special needs.

    frederickclassicalcharterschool.org/staff/

     
  • squibmyer posted at 12:59 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    squibmyer Posts: 1113

    That wasn't my point. My point was "segregate" isn't a negative thing, it has just been given a negative connotation because of how/why segregation was used.

    Do you not think that special needs children should be "segregated" into special ed classes/programs, or should they be required to try and keep up at same pace as other children?

    Do you think that children with extreme behavioral issues and a propensity towards disruption and violence shouldn't be "segregated" from children who are non-violent and relatively well-behaved?

    Those are two instances where I would say the segregation can be useful.

     
  • armillary posted at 12:50 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2273

    I see my attempt at sarcasm failed.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 12:11 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Maryland excludes students who need to take the adapted MSA from receiving a diploma. They receive an attendance certificate.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 12:08 pm on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Seperate but equal was throw out of American jurispudence a very very long time ago. Segregation by gender is the only thing that seems to linger and with new rules regarding transgender people that is due to change.

     
  • niles_johson posted at 11:56 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    niles_johson Posts: 148

    They inflate their performance by excluding children with learning or physical disabilities by deeming them disruptive and expelling them from the school.

    Nothing better than selectively optimizing their totally random lottery results.

     
  • squibmyer posted at 11:42 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    squibmyer Posts: 1113

    I think "segregation", like "discrimination", has become one of those words that have a negative connotation when in fact they aren't negative when looking at the actual meaning of the word.

    We segregate ("to separate or set apart from others or from the general mass") all the time and it's not always in a negative way.

    Segregation DOES have some positive aspects to it, it just depends on why the segregation is occurring.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 10:21 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Winning no friends and influencing no people here. Frederick Classical School should become a private school so it can be independent and do things its own way. If you want tax payer funding it comes with strings attached.

    So what are the duties of a private school under the American with Disabilities Act?

    Q. Does the ADA affect private schools?

    A. Yes, Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination by public accommodations. They must eliminate unnecessary eligibility standards that deny access to individuals with disabilities, make reasonable modifications in policies practices and procedures that deny access to individuals with disabilities unless a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program would result and furnish auxiliary aids such as interpreters notetakers or readers when necessary to ensure effective communication unless an undue burden or fundamental alteration would result.

    Be aware that Title III does not cover religious institutions; thus, private schools which are directly operated by religious institutions are not covered by the ADA. Minnesota's Human Rights Act, however, closely follows the provisions of the ADA and does not exempt religious institutions from coverage.

    http://www.pacer.org/publications/adaqa/school.asp

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 10:15 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    The model law was created by the organization to be favorable to charter schools.

    Why would any state feel obligated to meet their demands?

     
  • public-redux posted at 9:30 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    public-redux Posts: 3008

    "Maryland's charter school laws are among the worst in the nation, according to two studies released this year."

    Of course, one could just as easily interpret the results the other way around: Maryland's charter school laws are among the best in th nation.

    What you see depends upon where you stand.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 8:31 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    2ndAffirmative is the parent of a student with severe disabilities who fought the home school district for full inclusion of the student with manual, sensory, speaking, and cognitive impairments; aka multiple disabilities.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 8:27 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Charter schools don't provide special education and related services so they don't receive full funding. Minnesota is a case in point. Gives us the money but don't expect charter schools to serve the needs of all students.

    The public school system also provides special education and related services to private school students. This could include sign language interpreters so they can benefit of educational services as decided in the US Supreme Court. The Maryland Disability Law Center is a weak advocate for the rights of students with disabilities.

    Maryland has far to go in testing and teaching special education students

    Excluding children with disabilities from assessments artificially inflates state rankings and reveals instruction issues

    http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-12-05/news/bs-ed-special-ed-20131205_1_students-disabilities-academic-progress

     
  • Dwasserba posted at 8:01 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    Dwasserba Posts: 2238

    I understand charters are public schools, but there are good points above this one, such as 2ndaff's first line about taking public money, and j9's about the relative superiority of public schools in Md. Charters are part of a high ranking school system, so... the issue is how something is worded? Private schools answer to their own authorities and hope for textbook funding only, which creates a stink, and which serves a larger purpose which is, opening up another desk in a public school for every kid in a private school. Homeschooling is a truly independent choice taxpayers cannot fault. The charter concept, wanting to be a public school with public funding but wanting to be viewed as independent too..?? Well....how *would* that work to please everyone involved?

     
  • normalperson posted at 7:48 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    normalperson Posts: 179

    2ndaffermative must be a teacher or work at FCPS

     
  • armillary posted at 7:25 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    armillary Posts: 2273

    Charter schools aren't for everyone. They're for those who think state sponsored segregation still offers some positive aspects, at least for their kids.

     
  • j9581 posted at 7:15 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    j9581 Posts: 128

    This situation doesn't bother me in the least because the Maryland public school system is doing an excellent job. OTHER rankings have routinely placed Maryland first in the nation for school performance. Perhaps we don't need a stellar rank in their charter school analysis because our public schools are already doing so well.

    Anyone who thinks that Maryland public schools are not doing well has not actually witnessed the performance of schools in another state to get an accurate comparison.

     
  • newtofc posted at 6:29 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    newtofc Posts: 1335

    Charter schools ARE public schools, they get funding just like any public school does except at a lower level for unexplained reasons. Charter schools are usually started by groups of people or Corporations who believe they can provide a better education to the children who attend them. They are not intended to be private schools, they just think they can provide a superior academic experience. They draw their students from the same pool of neighborhood kids that regular public schools do and due to high demand, the students are usually selected by lottery.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 6:07 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    It doesn't surprised me.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 2:26 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Minnesota scored the highest on compliance with the model law. Getting the greatest amount of money but limiting the requirement to provide special services appears to be a goal of the model law.

    The state law clearly addresses responsibility for providing services and ensures state funding for low-incident, high-cost services.

    The state law includes many of the model law’s provisions for equitable operational funding and equal access to all state and federal categorical funding, but evidence demonstrates an equity gap between district and charter students of between 10% and 19.9%.

    http://www.publiccharters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/StateRankings2014.pdf

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 2:16 am on Fri, Mar 21, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    If a charter school wants to be independent it should be a private school instead of seeking public funding.

    The first mistake you made was believing anything your hear is true. The organization created a model law then judged states by how nearly they complied with that model law. Example Maryland failed this parameter:

    The state law includes none of the model law’s provisions for Comprehensive Public Charter School Monitoring and Data Collection Processes.

    http://www.publiccharters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/StateRankings2014.pdf

     

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