Chas Roemer is paraphrased, in The Advocate, as saying, charter schools should be given flexibility, and then be held accountable. How are charter schools held accountable? There are no consequences to the failing schools. If public schools fail: Boards are not voted back in; superintendents are fired; voters don’t renew taxes; and the state takes over the school.
When a charter school fails: Do they pay back the millions of dollars they took from the state? Does anyone go to jail if a student is found hanging from school bleachers? Is someone required to put in community service hours to help students because they are now further behind than before?
When a charter school fails, the state simply takes the school away with no consequences.
If a construction company is hired to build a road and fails, they face fines. The state doesn’t take the contract away and say, “OK, you didn’t build the road so we will let someone else do it.” There are consequences.
Roemer calls it “flexibility” to try new things; it should be called permission to feed at the public trough at our children’s expense. Corrective action with consistent and conscientious oversight of all charter schools should be required. An oversight clause in every charter school contract is needed so that removal of the contract can occur at any time if warranted by consistent evaluations of failure. Make the charter schools pay consequences for their failure and hold them truly accountable. Children should not be experimented on without careful oversight.
In addition Roemer is purported to have said some who even lack an undergraduate degree could do a good job in the classroom.
Many people could try to do a good job being a doctor. However, only a moron would want a doctor who had no experience or education. If such a person exists, then let the charter school pay for this person to get the credentials and certification before experimenting with our children.
One may compare certification in teaching to licensing in other professions. Would Roemer want someone repairing the plumbing in his home without certification/license?
Why do we allow our children to receive less respect than what we insist on when we have our hair cut?
Roemer insults the training, dedication and teachers who have put in years of college and more years of ongoing training by the suggestion that they can be replaced with anyone off the street.
Roemer owes all certified teachers an apology and needs to take another look at controlling these charter schools before we find many more students hanging from bleachers.