Friday, January 27, 2006
Do You Know Charter Chuck???
Charter Chuck runs a charter school that gets good results for his kids. But he thinks that merely running a good school is enough to keep the charter school and school reform movement in the right direction. He has never invited an elected official to the school for a tour, doesn’t think it is worth his time to cultivate good relationships with the press, and doesn’t even pay attention to political developments impacting charter schools. Charter Chuck has never asked the teachers and parents at his school to contact their legislators to urge them to life the cap on charter schools. He has never organized parents to “pick-off” local elected officials who don’t support better public school choice options through charter schools. Charter Chuck forgets that this is not just an educational battle, but a political one against powerful forces who would love nothing better than to see his school closed. Charter Chuck is a huge problem. Charter Chuck is one of the reasons New York State still has a cap on the number of charter schools in its midst. But it’s not too late for Charter Chuck to get moving.
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