Yesterday, 05:14 PM
Regarding the measurement of learning, DeVos is against evaluating according to the same tests used by regular district schools because the material is different. They don't necessarily use the same texbooks. Our grandboys go to a charter school in a very large metropolitan area, and I can tell you they are tested rigorously. I think a little too much, actually. However, regular district schools there has been a backlash against testing because the tests are used to justify poor teaching. In the particular charter system I know about, the testing evaluates learning, and measures the students' mastery of the material.
Teachers' unions are horrified at the possibility that DeVos would be confirmed, because she supports public evaluation of schools and things nonperforming and underperforming schools should go into what I call receivership so the district is removed from the equation.
The charter model gives economically disadvantaged students at least a 50% better opportunity at a good education. New Orleans went to an almost full charter model after Katrina, and their graduation rates skyrocketed right off the bat. It's a model that deserves a little bit of respect. Current administration is trying to tear that apart, but there you go.
I think charter schools are a good transition to home schooling.