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Do charter schools create beneficial competition in education?

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  • The only way to force change in the bureaucratic morass that is our public school system is to vote with your feet.

    Public schools are a political animal and unless you can hit them in the pocketbook, it is very difficult to effect change. My kids' public school was terrible about enabling above average children and extremely defensive about their poor math curriculum. When they lost nearly all of their top students out of the 5th grade this year to the local BASIS school, they got the message loud and clear. We don't have to stick around even if we can't afford private school tuition. The next town over started experiencing this shift about 10 years ago. They did something about it. They made huge improvements to their elementary and high school options and are now known as the top school district in the state.

  • The only way to force real change in the public schools is to vote with your feet.

    My kids' public school was doing a terrible job challenging above average kids but they were so defensive it was clear they weren't about to change. This last year, they lost almost all of their top students out of the 5th grade to a local, top-ranked charter school. They are getting the message. The neighboring town has been experiencing the same thing for over a decade and has made HUGE improvements to their elementary and high school options. They really took to heart what parent choice in education was revealing and the whole town is way better for it.

  • Charter schools give students to specilize in certain areas

    Yes, charter schools do create some good competition in education. Charter schools focus on certain specialties such as science, travel, etc. It gives the students a chance to focus on a topic that interest them and that they can use in a future career. They are usually free so other students that may not have the opportunity in some cases can take advantage of the specialized learning.

  • Charter schools create beneficial competition in education by providing specialized curriculum.

    Charter schools can compete with "standard" educational schools by offering a specialized curriculum that may interest more students. The schools are better suited for certain children who may not thrive in a typical school. In my experience, I have observed children more interested and connected in a charter school, because they are studying something that they are more interested in.

    Posted by: EImerN4th
  • Charter schools have already proven themselves better than public schools.

    Charter schools, since their inception, have consistently outperformed public schools. This, hopefully, will cause the public school system to re-examine their ways and emulate their successful competitors. Traditionally, the private sector does better than the government, in many enterprises, including the education of children. The government should take heed and change, or hand education over to charter schools.

    Posted by: NettN355
  • I do think that charter schools create competition in the educational system that is beneficial, because competition fosters better performance.

    Charter schools do create competition, and it is beneficial for their students. Friendly competition encourages students to strive for excellence and to build up their body of knowledge, as it compares to other kids their age. It is unfortunate that students in all schools cannot benefit from the same kind of friendly competition.

    Posted by: QuarrelsomeAlbert70
  • Charter schools are the wave of the future, because competition enhances learning.

    Charter schools get a lot of bad rap about funneling money out of public education. While, to a degree, this is true, but these schools only get money if students and parents choose to go there. If the schools were performing so well to begin with, no one would leave them. Thus, they had the money before, and then failed. Competition is good, and we live in a competitive market system. Education should be no different.

    Posted by: MarriedKelvin72
  • Charter schools only promote the wellbeing of already privileged students and forgets those students who are really in need

    • One of the biggest fears of charter schools skeptics is the concept referred to as “cream-skimming.”
    o “Cream-Skimming” – a choice system that would privilege those student and parents who race, class, or educational background give them a better position to navigate the market for schools.
    o Therefore schools would have an incentive to recruit students whose educational ability and family backgrounds make them more attractive.
    o This would end up making the public schools system being populated by the least able children wit the least active parents.
    o Public schools will lose political clout as more advantaged families depart from the traditional public system.
    • Because if wealthy parent end up with greater access to chare schools it could lead to less political support for public funding of edu as a whole. (esp for traditional public schools)
    o Overtime charter schools with undermine the legitimacy of public authority and reduce citizen engagement on behalf of the public system.
    o Many argue this will shift the government towards the pursuit of individual interests and way from the common good.
    o Many argue that Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation has only increased cream-skimming by charters.
    • Under NCLB charter schools are also judged by the percentage of their 10th graders who pass state tests. Each year an increased percentage of 10th graders must meet state proficiency levels for the school to meet federal requirements.

    o National Education Association President Reg Weaver: warns parents to be careful of “the voucherizers, the privatizers, the charterizers who will come and try to fool our communities, saying that this is best for your kid. . . . [T]hey’re not coming with solutions for all of our children. They might be coming with solutions for one or two or three but not for the vast majority.
    o ways they prevent un-wanted kids from attending
    • many have opted out of the federally funded free/reduced school lunches. Therefore families that rely on that service can not attend such schools.

  • Charter schools are a business not a place of learning.

    Charter schools are not a good alternative to public or private schools. First off you do not have to be certified to teach, so the quality of education is already lacking. Second charter schools main function is business profits, not the benefit of students learning and knowledge. Charter schools in theory are a good idea, but in the real world they do not provide enough good.

    Posted by: ChuckGenius
  • With all the programs available in our regular public school system, there is adequate opportunity for all.

    Our regular public schools give children many chances at competitive academic pursuits. These programs are available in public schools if the child takes advantage of all that is offered. Charter schools may offer some specific ideals or focuses, but similar programs that are just as competitive can be found in the public school system.

    Posted by: babydoll93
  • I think charter schools take precious federal education dollars away from cash strapped public schools.

    Although charter schools may offer a more customized or personalized approach to educating children and enjoy a smaller student-teacher ratio in the classroom, it's important to keep in mind that our public school system in this country does not have sufficient resources to provide an adequate education. Therefore, by diverting federal funds to them, we're further depriving traditional public schools of basic necessities. Besides, the charter school solution of providing a high quality education to a select number of students is like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. It is not a permanent solution and as such, should not be given top consideration or be labeled as a top priority by the Department of Education.

    Posted by: I3nnJan
  • I believe charter schools do not have the funds and resources to create beneficial competition in education.

    Charter schools are limited in funds and educational opportunities when compared to larger city schools. They are unable to provide as many options for students and often lack in areas of band programs, physical education and extra curricular activities. The schools themselves usually don't have as many technological resources or as extensive libraries. They are smaller and have less staff, which means there is less teaching talent to draw from. I do not believe they create beneficial competition in education.

    Posted by: WideHung32

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