In Hoboken, Charter Schools Rule

If former mayor Tad Honeycutt and Steven Cox are to ever have their day in court, it won’t be any time soon. As a result a loop of regular assumptions leads us back to education, and we lay the burden of social and financial reform at the feet of our public schools. It is since we expect our schools to resolve the enormous and worsening troubles of our society that we perceive our schools to be failing in reality, it is the society that is failing, and the schools are merely incapable of carrying it all on their back. So It’s not a query of various objectives, nor is it a query of values vs no values or ideology vs no ideology.

In a letter Tuesday to LAUSD, its teachers union, and the Broad Foundation that drafted the charter school expansion program, the 3 leaders known as on all parties to bring more members of the neighborhood into the discussion. As portion of the evaluation of the Broad proposal, cautious consideration must also be provided to the impact of such alternative school expansion on the LAUSD. School initiatives in other cities have demonstrated that the intended reforms usually fall short if they are completed to communities rather than with communities,” the letter mentioned.

The groups have awarded grants to charter schools to help the alternative campuses train parents to get involved in their children’s education and enhance student wellness, amongst other efforts. At a recent panel discussion, LAUSD Board President Steve Zimmer criticized the expansion program and its aim to enroll 130,000 new students in charter schools. The 3 nonprofit leaders who signed the letter stated they are aware of the financial hardships the school district will be facing.

Broad Foundation Executive Director Gregory McGinity responded that he did not believe that would happen, saying he had faith in the school board and arguing that other districts around the nation have a higher percentage of charter schools and are thriving. The foundation leaders propose that the charter program be substantially modified to include input from other neighborhood groups.

They also proposed making use of some of the $490 million funds projected to begin 260 new charters envisioned in the strategy to fund non-charter campuses in LAUSD, such as high-performing magnet schools and pilot schools that have modified teacher contracts. Meanwhile, a new group named Fantastic Public Schools Now is taking more than administration of the charter expansion from the Broad Foundation.