Charter Schools V. Public schools would be an interesting argument if it was truly about education. But look at the legislation currently being promulgated by the Republican Party in Pennsylvania.
Senate Bill (S.B. 1115) would create a statewide charter school authorizer that would remove local control from school districts and place charter approval and oversight in the hands of an outside authorizer with no accountability to local taxpayers, parents or students.
If that is not bad enough consider this from the Morning Call newspaper on October 5, 2012.
State changed PSSA testing rules for charter schools without federal approval
Rules change appears to have inflated success rate of some charter schools.
Pennsylvania Education Secretary Ron Tomalis (DONNA FISHER/THE MORNING…)
// October 05, 2012|By Steve Esack and Eugene Tauber, Of The Morning Call
Gov. Tom Corbett’s education chief changed the PSSA testing rules in a way that makes it easier for charter schools to meet federal benchmarks than traditional public schools.
Education Secretary Ron Tomalis’ change, made without federal approval, might have skewed the results of the 2011-12 PSSA scores to make it appear charter schools were outperforming traditional public schools, according to a Morning Call review of publicly available test score data.
I’ll give my colleagues across the nation a chance to digest this information, post on it, and look forward to an interesting discussion.