As a parent of a child who attends a public charter school in Jeffco, I was very disappointed in Rupert’s, Harmon’s and Mitchell’s response regarding public charters at candidate forums.
They think charters need to be more accountable to the community, have too many waivers, and waivers should be controlled by the school board, not the parents and teachers in the school.
Charters are accountable. The local school board can shut them down if they aren’t performing and all of their financials and waivers are listed on the school’s website.You will not find financials for neighborhood schools on their websites. What is a charter school?
It starts when people come together because they want a certain curriculum or teaching method taught to their children, usually something the neighborhood school is not offering such as Montessori or liberal arts. The group usually spends a year gathering parent and community support and provides an application for approval by the local school board.
It is scary that this board would think about taking control of the waiver process, which allows the parents and teachers at charters to select the curriculum their students need. It is like telling a Montessori school they can’t teach using the Montessori teaching methods. Charter schools will be the same as neighborhood schools.
Families not satisfied with these schools or have children that do not thrive in these schools will have no choice.Charter schools are very important to the Jeffco portfolio. Many Jeffco charter schools have long wait lists, so there is both a demand and a need.
Parents want choice for their children.
That is why I support Matt Van Gieson and Erica Shields for Jeffco School Board. They respect the important role public charter schools play in Jeffco.
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