Legislators plan to overhaul charter school system

  • Article by: NORMAN DRAPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 22, 2009 - 9:58 PM

The schools will likely face tighter regulation and more scrutiny after numerous problems with student performance, conflicts of interest and other issues.

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mn55066Jan. 23, 0912:03 AM

that the day after the ACLU announced a lawsuit against the Minnesota legislature over the state's funding of a Muslim school,our representatives finally find the backbone to do something about it?

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lorentjdJan. 23, 09 1:53 AM

For example, this article says: "It also noted that charters often posted poorer test scores than their regular public school counterparts." I'm sure the following statement could also be written: "It also noted that public schools often posted poorer test scores than their charter school counterparts." A more relevant question is: How does an average charter school do relative to an average public school?

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mrkottahJan. 23, 09 5:42 AM

These charter schools have been thumbing their nose at best practices, teacher licensing, and ethical behavior for years because they are in the unique spot of being the darlings of both the far right AND the far left, but for very different reasons. It's time to either put much tighter controls in place, or pull the plug on them altogether.

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dlang_125Jan. 23, 09 7:15 AM

I find it interesting that "Accountability" is the buzz word around public education but start applying it to Charter Schools, and see how many negative comments will appear. I think it about time that Charter and Private Schools are held up to the same standards as public. It does not mean that they can't go beyond public school standards but unfortunately, some don't.

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toolman28Jan. 23, 09 7:41 AM

How about ZERO public TAX money for NON public schools I find it odd that for 50 years every kid was just fine going to a public school and now we have to specialize in so many areas that there will never be enough money

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mpmurrayJan. 23, 09 7:47 AM

Charter schools ARE public schools. They are open to any student and the families do not pay to attend. They are simply a different type of public school than the traditional version.

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badvikingsJan. 23, 09 7:50 AM

Our children attend charter schools and we love it. Not to mention our daughter attends the UW-Madison. So she has done quite well for herself. Charter schools would not have come about if public schools had been all they should have been.

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island3Jan. 23, 09 7:51 AM

Charter Schoola ARE public schools.

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badvikingsJan. 23, 09 7:54 AM

Yes they are public schools, how ever you don't have to go to the charter to school in your district, you can choose from many. My sister's kids are students of virtual schools right from their own living room, and those are great as well and are taught by accredited teachers. I would never again subject my kids to a brick and mortar school, they have done so much better since getting out of that rat race of system.

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kate0311Jan. 23, 09 8:07 AM

voting to say they don't like a factual statement correcting a misunderstanding: "Charter schools are public schools"? (I'm referring to the vote against mpmurray and island3's statements.) You may not LIKE charter schools, but facts are facts.

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