Charter schools put parents to the test

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JeanneAllen wrote:

Stephanie – You completely distorted the Center for Education Reform’s data on free and reduced lunch programs. Our surveys show that while the charter schools do not PARTICIPATE by receiving federal money, they do indeed feed all students, regardless of their income. That’s what I told you on our lengthy interview which you failed to quote in any of your pieces, and that’s what our data says. Indeed I provided detailed evidence to you about how most charter schools take applications from students to ensure that they can get them enrolled and properly documented quickly and according to federal and state requirements, not so they can pick and choose. Lotteries are still the primary method for enrolling in most schools. Your findings highlight several schools that may be at odds with acceptable enrollment methods – but through selective interviews you generalize “selectivity” to the entire population of schools. Perhaps you can review your notes from our two phones extensive phone calls on this subject. Meanwhile, please correct how you have portrayed our data.

Feb 15, 2013 10:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
StacyR wrote:

This article is clearly skewed to the writer’s personal opinions on charters. Stephanie makes it sound like charters choose to not provide meals or transportation. She couldn’t be more wrong. Charters are at a disadvantage in many ways. First, they have to pay for facilities out of classroom funds (something traditional schools don’t have to do because they get access to district buildings). So charters often end up in less than quality buildings that often do not have a kitchen facility that qualifies them for the federal free and reduced lunch program. So they can either offer a hot lunch program and eat the cost due to lack of reimbursement (more money out of the classroom), pay literally tens of thousands of dollars to build a federally compliant kitchen, or not offer hot meals. Some schools eat the cost, or hold fundraisers to try to make it work. Some schools work out an agreement with the district to have hot meals delivered to the school. Most charters do not offer transportation because, again, they can’t afford it. Districts provide traditional public schools with transportation. When charters ask if they can participate or buy into the districts transportation program they are usually answered with a resounding “NO”. And regarding fees…yes many charters charge fees for things like field trips, sports, etc. But so do traditional public schools! I didn’t see the author doing a side by side comparison to back up any of her points in this article. Very misleading.

Feb 15, 2013 6:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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