- · It’s because of charter schools that districts are now trying to create “faux charter schools.”
· We’re showing that you can now run a system of charter schools without a central office breathing down your neck.
· We now serve 1.65 million kids; 40 chartering states plus DC (Mississippi signed on this year).
· Average charter school is now open 6.7 years.
· 26% operated by CMO or EMO; 65% are free standing (grassroots)
· Less than 3% of total national student population.
· In 14 cities more than 20% of the student population are in charters.
· RttT: 15 states lifted caps since RttT was announced
· Serious discussion about charter school law in Alabama, W Virginia, Kentucky, etc.
· Critics say charter schools are causing re-segregation; many are opened in inner cities where parents are desperate for a better education for their children. He's proud of the fact that children of color are flocking to charter schools.
· Authorizers are getting more aggressive in chartering only schools that are of of quality academically.
· We should support authorizers when they have to hold a standard for supporting quality.
· Increased funding for startups this year through replicating funds. President Obama plans to double charter school funding by the end of his term.
· The Ball State report said that the funding gap, between charters and noncharters, has increased in the past 5 yrs. The Alliance will attack the facility funding disparity.
* There have been t oo many negative headlines this year. Every person needs to support the highest standards of ethical behavior and draw a bright line between unethical behavior and that high standard.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
National Charter School Conference
At the opening of the National Charter School Conference today in Chicago, Nelson Smith had the following to say: