As a new mom I understand that nothing can ever be good enough for our children. Our schools on the East Side are good, but more class seats and smaller teacher to student ratios would make them better.
While Charter schools fill a purpose in some parts of the city, they are rare in our neighborhood. Charters originally began in 1999 as an alternative for the poorest and most at-risk students in areas where the public schools were failing and administrators were authorized to experiment with new educational approaches. The results of this experiment are as yet unclear in part because it is hard to compare outcomes from charter schools who are authorized and reviewed on the state level and not usually through the Department of Education. While some charters have done well and others have closed, I have reservations about two tracks of education. that we may be headed for a separate and inherently unequal tracks of education by allowing too much difference in administering public and charter schools. Rather than having two tracks of education that are both problematic we should have one form of education that we are all trying to improve together. Important to stand up now for public schools now more than ever since the incoming Federal administration who are openly hostile to public education and public funding of education. Success in education is about creativity. We should allow our teachers to spark the imagination. We need to give teachers the freedom to really teach, and not focus only on teaching to standardized tests.
As your City Councilmember, I would:
- For charter schools:
- Support standard reporting benchmarks for Charters, comparable to public schools
- Support intervention for struggling charters schools
- Oppose the co-location of charter and public schools.
- Support creative education and moving away from ‘teaching to tests’
- Support lower teacher:student ratio and smaller class sizes.