Tuesday, June 24, 2014

More on Charter School Issues

Yesterday's news about Summit Academy has been followed today by a broader examination of the role of school board members at a charter school.  It is well worth the time to read.

Essentially, board members are responsible, but can be removed if they cause too much of a fuss.  The real power belongs to the management company and the chartering university or school system, both of which can profit handsomely at the expense of the kids they are supposed to educate.

Pictured above are Michigan Board of Education members John Austin and Casandra Ulbrich.  They are quoted int he article from the Free Press as opposed to this type of practice.

Stories of charter school board members being denied basic financial information and being forced off of the board when they persist bode ill for this system.  Board members should have some stability in their post, and should be provided with relevant information about the school they are responsible for.  And if a majority of them want to insist on using vinegar-based cleaning products for some reason, then so be it.  (Read the story for context on that.)

Our children deserve better than this.