The correlation between charters, which employ more flexible and student-tailored teaching methods, and progress is hard to ignore.
Are business interests plotting to take over the public education system and turn a profit at the expense of the public? That is the charge leading figures within the Coalition for Public Education have aimed against Gov. Bobby Jindal and the school board candidates who favor charter schools.
Letter grades that show a sizable percentage of Louisiana public schools are either failing or under-performing continue to generate controversy. A union-led coalition warns against Gov. Jindal’s privatization agenda, while a business group says the unions fear transparency and accountability.
Overall, 60 percent of RSD schools have improved to the point that they are no longer considered failing.
Louisiana’s experiment with charter schools could be restrained and limited if the right mix of candidates running for the state’s top school board seats do not prevail in this year’s election, warn industry officials who are backing several newcomers and three incumbents.
The formation of independent public school districts within our parish offers a proven solution to the educational problems facing Louisiana.
Union-backed school board candidates who oppose school choice initiatives, teacher evaluations, heightened curriculum standards, the abolition of tenure and other policy changes could face strong opposition this fall. All eight of the elected seats on the 11 member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) are open to primary challenges.
Online charter schools that are new to Louisiana are in position to help democratize education and offer specialized learning experiences that may not be available in traditional classroom settings.
The Abramson case highlights one of the benefits of a charter system over its traditional counterpart, namely increased accountability.
Judge Caldwell’s decision is unfortunate because schools benefit from increased flexiblity to address their unique demands.