Education policy in the United States may be divisive, whether it involves forgiving student loans or outlawing certain texts.
The charter school is one contentious educational strategy that dates back to the 1990s.
A charter school is a privately founded, publically funded institution. With the state and local governments, the group draughts a contract that specifies the standards for accountability. If the school doesn’t meet certain requirements, the government has the right to close it. Additionally, although private schools are not required to adhere to the same state laws and regulations that regular public schools do, they are nevertheless expected to achieve minimum academic criteria.
According to Natalie Wiltshire, chief operational officer at KIPP Philadelphia Public Schools, “We have greater authority to be able to have a more flexible budget and just various academic options.”
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, KIPP, short for “Knowledge Is Power Program,” is the largest charter management organisation in the United States.
KIPP schools are attended by around 3,000 pupils in Philadelphia. 97% of the kids identify as Black or African American, and 76% are eligible for free or reduced meals. Admission is decided by lottery.
Former KIPP student Daniel Harris, who is currently a teacher at KIPP West Philadelphia Elementary Academy, said, “KIPP has improved my life enormously.” “My family was poor, but I am certain that my professors did not perceive me in that way. They perceived me as a person who was concerned about his education, his future, and who desired what was best for himself and those around him. That was KIPP’s main focus.
However, on a structural level, detractors contend that charter schools hurt the larger public education system because of issues with funding and transparency.
According to Joseph Roy, the superintendent of schools for the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, school system, “I’m against publicly funded charter schools that are administered privately.” “Don’t call yourself a public school if the public doesn’t govern it,” the student said.
Tax monies accompany a pupil to a charter school after they leave a district-run public school. Even though the student is leaving the school, according to charter school opponents, the costs of the regular public school remain the same.
According to Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, an advocacy group that is vocally opposed to charter schools, “what ends up happening is that there is a downward spiral because as the money goes out with kids, the services the district can provide become less and less.” “As a result, more parents switch to charter schools. Additionally, it throws some districts in a precarious situation where they are unable to adequately care for their students.
We are currently running parallel school systems, and Burris predicted that eventually it would collapse.