Yesterday’s presentation of the Senate bill proposing a compromise to the Charter School ballot question got a predictable reaction. No one is totally happy, but the unhappiest reactions came from those who advocate lifting the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts – the ones who continue to quote the 34,000 student waiting list even in the face of the State Auditor’s report saying that number is unsubstantiated.
This morning’s Boston Globe article contains a reaction from pro-Charter spokesperson, Mark Kenen of Massachusetts Public Charter School Association (you’ll have to look Dr. Kenen’s credentials up on Linkedin yourself). The quote, from the Boston Globe, is:
Marc Kenen, executive director of the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, added that “it imposes onerous new regulations that will shackle the operation of existing charter schools.”
Wait a minute, those “onerous” new regulations, those regulations that will “shackle” operations? Some of these regulations are things such as using enforced suspensions of students as a means to create “school safety”. The reliance on suspension over other less-draconian discipline actions have recently come to light nationwide (see UCLA report on Charter School suspension rates here making note of the 44.7% suspension rate at Roxbury Prep).
And then there are those pesky regulations requiring certification of teachers and representation of parents and teachers on governing boards the same standards required for traditional public schools. (For more on governance, see the Annenberg Report, Whose Schools published yesterday).
Wow, if those things are considered onerous, then why not unshackle traditional public schools as well?
Reference to the act, S2203, is found here.