The film footage showed weeping parents and children. As names were pulled from the lottery cage they were learning of their entry into a charter school. This is from a new film called The Cartel.
Public meetings like this take place across the country as parents vie for the limited spaces available at charter schools. Why are these parents and children weeping with joy? Is this not the saddest condemnation of their local public schools? That they are filled with tears of joy to NOT have to return to their local public school?
Sure not all charter schools perform well or even better than public schools. But here’s a thought: why is it that when a charter school underperforms there are calls to close it down but when the public school is the same district underperforms it receives more money? Regardless of performance, shouldn’t this most personal arena be in parents’ hands? We need to seriously open up parental choice across the country. We need to take away the marriage of districts controlling money and curriculum. This Cartel is managing schools very poorly and it has become a morass of political interests. The children are getting the short end of the stick and that is inexcusable.
Parents: you need to demand change now. They’re spending YOUR money – demand quality for that money, demand control.