Meridian Star

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December 30, 2012

Charter schools back on legislative agenda


MERIDIAN — Editor's note: This is part one of two on charter school proposals. In part two, which publishes Wednesday, Jan. 2, The Meridian Star talks to local educators and elected officials about charter schools.

The Parents’ Campaign

    The Parents' Campaign supports charter school legislation that will focus resources on helping students who are trapped in unsuccessful schools, according to the organization's website. To accomplish that goal, The Parents Campaign proposes that residents should:

1. Permit charters only in school zones where public schools have been underperforming for the two (or more) most recent years (211 schools have been rated below successful for two or more years).

2. Grant charters only to entities that have a track record of success in turning around low-performing schools.

3. Prohibit virtual charters, which have a poor track record of student achievement.

4. Require charter schools and their management organizations to be non-profit.

5. Ensure that charter schools are subject to the same assessments and accountability as all other publicly-funded schools.

6. Provide an "opt-out" system of enrollment and lottery, giving all children living in the school zone an equal opportunity to enroll.

7. Establish a single, non-politicized authorizer of charter schools that includes appointees who possess a high level of expertise in and commitment to public education.

Source: The Parents' Campaign

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