Why do we need charter schools? Why can’t we operate ALL schools as if they are charter schools?
Shortly after being appointed to the Meridian School Board, I attended a charter school convention to learn more about them. I came away with one over powering observation—they’re not doing anything that the school district can’t do. If we would treat the schools in the district as if they were charter schools, then the entire district would benefit.
For Mississippi, the real benefit of charter schools appears to be parental involvement and the ability to attract the brightest students. It doesn’t take a charter school for parental involvement. Rather we’ve somehow got to make parental involvement in education a reality throughout the district. And selecting the superior students for a charter school only increases the chance of failure for the remainder. Finally, siphoning off assets for charter schools means it’s just that much harder to achieve success where success is so critical.