The United States is a core region that has a global status of dominant trade, controlling investment, controlling most advanced technologies, and exhibiting high levels of productivity, which shows our country’s immense aspects towards our goal of a greater economy due to our positive education system for the people. Today, people are looking for the best education for their children, even if that means transferring schools. A good example of this would be the rise of charter schools across the country, particularly in Georgia, for the purpose of increasing our percentage rate in relation to grades and graduating students.
An article by Maureen Downey discusses how existing public schools and developing charter schools provide no positive effect for our state due to constriction of money and little initiative toward improving our educational status. After evaluating Downey’s article to sources relating to Georgia’s education system, I would have to disagree with Downey because there is important statistical information, as well as other various topics that depict charter schools as better and more improved than public schools. I do, however, agree with Downey about Georgia reducing payments to improving schools, because even though it has impacted charter schools in a negative way, it still has a positive influence for the state. Georgia is a state that has a role in our country as a core region because it believes in succeeding and improving problems for the better of our future generation.
Charter schools in the United States were created in the 1990’s, and now all but 10 states have yet to pass a charter school law. The key purpose of a charter schools is to have optional methods of teachings for students so they are more inclined to learn, as opposed to public schools that have to strictly follow guidelines of teaching. Another positive factor about charter schools is that because teachers provide their own teaching methods, it allows them to connect with students on a more personal level to better their performance. Also, they focus on students staying out of trouble by providing after school programs, such as a charter school in Atlanta, Georgia who is “attached to their local YMCA program that serves the physical education of the school (Vann 1).”
Charter schools benefit because of their unique ways and styles of teaching. Unlike public schools, charter schools allow parents to become more involved with their children’s school environment, teachings, and progress. One of their main goals is to improve the education system. But, a negative aspect of being a charter school is that the schools must meet their required goals, and have the possibility of closing if unattained. This is why some parents have a tough time deciding whether or not their children should attend charter schools because they have the potential to close if goals aren’t met. In relation to expenditures, charter schools are funded through sponsors and grants (Vann 1). They receive grants three times a year that are primarily used for scholastic materials, compared to public schools who get government funding once a year.
Charter schools are created through a rigorous process that takes time, especially because local school boards, where parents are for charter schools, deny the development of one and causes conflict. Now, “the good news is that Georgia law allows an appeal to the States Board of Education if a charter is denied at a local level (McCuthen 1).” This new law now allows charter schools a greater chance. Although, because charter schools are not government funded like public schools, the parents must pay the additional amount for their child to attend that school, which is wrong. This inexcusable problem is now in the hands of the state legislation, which has proposed an idea to make charter schools “whole,” which means that whatever is left to be paid, the state would match (McCuthen 1). Parents don’t need to be punished for wanting the best opportunities of education for their children in regards to the public stand point.
The impact the public is having in relation to charter schools is overwhelming. In January 2008 there were polls taken regarding Georgia’s education system. The polls showed that 52% were not satisfied with Georgia public schools and 72% felt other groups beyond local school boards should have a say in the creation of a charter school (CER 1). Parents believe that a vital part to a student’s success is having the ability to be apart of the learning program, which is not allowed in public schools. Also, parents who have children that are failing in a public school and want their children to have a second chance believe a charter school is the solution to their problem. The charter schools in this country are slowly, but surely rising over the public school system. The main reason there’s not as many charter schools as there should be is because, like Georgia, other states are having to deal with the rejection from local school boards.
Statistics undoubtedly proof that charter schools in Georgia are better-educated and more productive than public schools. Every year there is a report to provide evidence about the succeeding progress in charter schools called the “Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP),” which is a rate that exceeds public schools (Broy 1). In 2006, “fully 87.7% of Georgia charter schools made AYP, compared to 78.7% of public schools (Broy 1).” Charter schools have a higher graduation rate and a higher percentage rate of performance in our four primary subjects: english, math, science, and social studies over public schools. In 2004, charter schools scored lower in all subjects than public schools, but by 2006 it reversed, and now charter schools have higher scores still to this day. This alone shows you the dramatic transformation and substantial impact charter schools have in regards to the positive improvement of education.
I do believe and understand why charter schools are greatly looked upon because I went to a private school, which is somewhat similar in regards to teachers influencing personal relationships with students and different teaching methods for improving grades. Unlike many other students, I got the benefit of truly understanding the difference between a private school and a public school because I attended both. In a public school, I never felt like the teachers really cared about the students as much as a private school. In my public school, teachers were told what to teach, which they did with minimal enthusiasm, and if you were not performing well in the class they would just drop you down to a lower level class of that subject. I my private school, if you were struggling in class the teacher showed they cared by offering private tutor sessions during the weekend or even after school. These differences show why public schools are thought of in a negative way when compared to charter schools.
People in America today are starting to realize the distinct differences between charters schools and public schools, which is why conflicts are becoming more common. Parents want the best education for their kids, and now that they’re understanding the concept of charter schools, they want their children to attend them. Due to the vast increase in charter schools throughout our country, I believe one-day charter schools will possibly overtake public schools and eventually replace them.
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