A Criticism of Charter Schools

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One of the most hotly debated issues in the United States today is the controversial topic of education reform. Since public schools are funded almost entirely by local property taxes and money at the state level, many parents feel that they deserve a greater say in what their children learn in school. However, sometimes the opinions of parents contradict the policies at the federal level, thus causing conflict. Dissatisfaction with the public school system in their districts has led many Americas to seek other options for their children’s educations. In 1992, the first charter school opened in Minnesota, giving parents the option to send their kids to a free public school of their choice (“Charter Schools”). Although about 2 million American students now attend around 5,600 charter schools, I do not think this as beneficial to American students as charter school proponents claim. Despite all of the “perks” charters schools boast of and attract parents with, these schools do not necessarily perform better than average schools. Charter schools give an unfair advantage to stronger students, leaving students who struggle in weaker schools with fewer resources to help them. Perhaps most importantly, they are not available to all students, even though they are funded by public tax dollars. Although the motivations behind charter schools are admirable, they are not worth it. Our efforts in improving education are better spent investing in the public schools we already have. Despite their intended purpose, charter schools do not statistically perform better than other schools, making them ineffective. Amy Ruck, the New Jersey director of the Office of Charter School explained that the charter school law allows charters to be ... ... middle of paper ... ...em is in desperate need of help, but charter schools are not necessarily the answer the problems. Works Cited "Charter Schools." Galegroup.com. Opposing Viewpoints, 2012. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. "Education." Galegroup.com. Opposing Viewpoints, 2012. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Hernandez, Javier C. "De Blasio Seeks to Halt 3 Charter Schools from Moving into Public Spaces." New York Times. The New York Times Company, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Ravitch, Diane. "Moving Past the Blame Game." Editorial. NJEA Magazine Nov. 2013: n. pag. Print. Rotherham, Andrew J. "KIPP Schools: A Reform Triumph, or Disappointment?" Time Magazine 27 Apr. 2011: n. pag. Web. 1 Apr. 2014. Ruck, Amy. "NJ Director of Office of Charter Schools." E-mail interview. 7 May 2014. Tyson, Alec. "Many Americans Say Educational System in Need of Overhaul." Pewresearch.org. Pew Research, 13 Aug. 2013. Web.
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