Columbus Charter Schools
January 12, 2014 9:53 pm at 9:53 pm #100222
Columbus has 17 charter school failures in one yearQuote:At the beginning of 2013, one long-struggling charter school closed. Over the summer, five more did. And in the fall, 11 more Columbus charters closed their doors, most of them brand new.
That’s 17 charter schools in Columbus closed in one year, which records show is unprecedented.January 13, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am #557702
Miriam Bowers AbbottParticipant
I saw this too.
I feel bad for Andrew Boy -he’s built a great program, and I’m sure it gets lumped in with the shyster networks all the time. I have many peers with kids in charter schools, although it’s not my choice, it’s a choice they made when the city schools were wholly unresponsive to reasonable concerns.January 13, 2014 4:18 pm at 4:18 pm #557703
Interesting data point.
A Dispatch analysis of state data found that 29 percent of Ohio’s charter schools have shut, dating to 1997 when the publicly funded but often privately run schools became legal in Ohio.January 13, 2014 7:00 pm at 7:00 pm #557704
Charter schools are a cancer.January 13, 2014 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm #557705
Well, from the point of view of their defenders on a systemic level, the fact that charter schools can fail is a feature, not a bug … and the fact that failing public schools are generally not allowed to actually fold is a bug, not a feature. The fact that 29% have failed means that the vast majority have not (though, of course, some of the other 71% might fail in the coming years, while more might open). The goal isn’t to have every single charter school succeed. It’s to have the good ones grow and the bad ones go.January 13, 2014 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm #557706
Interesting data point.
A Dispatch analysis of state data found that 29 percent of Ohio’s charter schools have shut, dating to 1997 when the publicly funded but often privately run schools became legal in Ohio.
Sounds like a below average failure rate for businesses.
But that’s a tradeoff you have to make. Businesses close. Your kid’s school might be awesome but doesn’t turn a profit. Maybe it’s awesome becuase it doesn’t turn a profit. The next school might be crappier and more expensive but profitable. The benefits of profit motive can be outpaced by the burden of profit need at any type of business.
The biggest help to any private school is that they get to refuse kids, not the introduction of profit motive. And that’s fine. When I transitioned to public school from private I immediate noticed how much of the public school’s time, effort and resources went into the poor, troublesome and slow kids. And this was at a suburban and later an exurban school. I actually started getting in trouble so that I could get the kind of attention that those kids got.January 13, 2014 7:52 pm at 7:52 pm #557707
The actual goal is to give children a free, comprehensive education.January 13, 2014 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #557708
People who think education should be market-based will argue that some charter schools should fail and close, because that is the way competition weeds out the bad in favor of the good.
The only problem in this case is that there are actual human kids involved who now have how many years of education down the tubes while their schools failed and who are now at a disadvantage going forward.January 13, 2014 7:55 pm at 7:55 pm #557709
The actual goal is to give children a free, comprehensive education.
Then public schools are an abject failure since they’re not free, but paid for with taxes.January 13, 2014 7:57 pm at 7:57 pm #557710
The only problem in this case is that there are actual human kids involved who now have how many years of education down the tubes while their schools failed and who are now at a disadvantage going forward.
Which is also a problem at failing public schools as well, right? I mean, it’s not every public school that gets investigated by the FBI.January 13, 2014 7:59 pm at 7:59 pm #557711
When something is provided by the government, it is not “free.” When it comes to education, government-provided education is not only never “free,” it is also seldom “comprehensive.”
The goal is to give children as comprehensive an education as possible. The government sucks at it and it is about time that other alternatives were at least allowed to try. So some fail. No one said educating kids was easy.January 13, 2014 8:00 pm at 8:00 pm #557712
Then public schools are an abject failure since they’re not free, but paid for with taxes.
The cost belongs to the school system, not the student.January 13, 2014 8:07 pm at 8:07 pm #557713January 13, 2014 8:27 pm at 8:27 pm #557714
Someone is paying. Always.
The school system gets their money from the
parents of the studenttaxpayers, one way or another.
FTFY. Not always the same on the venn diagram.
What’s the impact on these kids when their charter schools fail in the middle of the school year?January 13, 2014 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm #557715
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