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Charter School- Scapegoats!!!! ???

A typical day of CELEBRATION at our Allentown School!

Charter School- the Scapegoats of the System

I have been active in the charter school scene since before the inception of the Pennsylvania law in 1997. Charter Schools have continued to enjoy great exponential growth, nationally, since that time.

Now it is the “budget time” of the year for our local public schools. I found it very interesting that the larger school districts “blame” the fault of their fiscal problems directly on the “heads” of charter schools. It made me think of the concept of a “scapegoat”. I found the following in Webster.

Definition of scapegoat

1: a goat upon whose head are symbolically placed the sins of the people after which he is sent into the wilderness in the biblical ceremony for Yom Kippur

2a : one that bears the blame for others

b : one that is the object of irrational hostility

Charter Schools are certainly not perfect, but neither are their brothers and sisters in the formal public school arena (since after all) charter schools ARE public schools. But when a large district with a planned budget of over 280 million dollars, “blames” charter schools for claiming 29 million of that budget they are rather misrepresenting their situation.

That same district spends over 176 Million on salaries 34 million on pensions. They also have long term debt on new building projects. These are needed and important items, I do not object to these, but I believe that school choice is equally needed and important.

Instead of “blaming” charter schools, why not investigate why 10% of their “customers” (parents) are choosing the alternative of a charter school.

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