The Georgia “charter school” amendment isn’t really about charter
schools (which any school district in Georgia can already approve,
and many have): it’s about
giving an unelected committee in Atlanta
power to force us to pay extra local taxes to fund charter schools we don’t want.
However, since the pushers of that amendment say it’s about charter schools,
it’s worth reviewing that charter schools actually on average perform
no better or even worse than traditional public schools.
Let’s look at what the pushers hate most,
unionized public schools in Chicago.
and then let’s look at Georgia’s non-unionized public schools.
Ben Joravsky wrote for chichagoreader.com 3 October 2012,
Today’s lesson: charters do not outperform unionized schools:
Confronting the anti-teachers’ union myth with, you know, facts
But as I was saying, the foes of the teachers’ union declare that we
should pay close attention to the all-important standardized test
scores. So let’s take a look.
There are 541 elementary schools in Chicago. Based on the composite
ISAT scores for 2011—the last full set available—none of
the top ten are charters. None of the top 20, 30, or 40 either.
In fact, you’ve got to go to 41 to find a charter. Take a bow, CICS
Most of the 49 charters on the list are clustered near the great
middle, alongside most of their unionized neighborhood schools.
The top scorers are public schools with unionized teachers who are
members of the Chicago Teachers Union.
a charter school operator. Joravsky compares one of its schools side-by-side with a unionized public school.