Target: National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Goal: Set stricter requirements for opening charter schools and follow up more thoroughly on their performance
Recent years have seen a surge in the number of charter schools across the nation, and though many of them are excellent, some are simply performing too poorly. What to do with these charter schools is a big concern of education administrators. If they were closed down, the students attending those schools would have to transfer schools and face potential difficulties adjusting to a new environment. Other schools in the area would be pressured by the large number of students suddenly added to their classrooms. Additional regulation is needed to stop these charter schools from underperforming.
Letting these charter schools continue to teach students can be a large problem if the schools do not improve. The Marcus Garvey charter school in Oklahoma, for one, had been on probation since 2007 and continually scored at the bottom 5% of public schools. For years, the school continued to teach poorly and mismanage school funds. “It would be one thing if it was a new school,” said school district superintendent Karl Springer in an article but the Oklahoma Gazette. “But 10 years is plenty of time to learn how to do business as a school.”
Though existing charter schools may still be a difficult problem, we can stop the problem from expanding in the future by preventing the large number of subpar charter schools from being created. We must find ways to better regulate their establishment, possibly by requiring better qualifications and specific educational plans.
By signing this petition you will urge the National Association of Charter School Authorizers to impose stricter regulations on establishing charter schools so we are left with fewer underperforming charter schools and less pressure over deciding their fates.
Dear National Association of Charter School Authorizers,
I recently read that one in every five U.S. charter schools—totaling about 900 to 1300—is performing so poorly academically that it should be shut down. In the United States, over 2 million children are enrolled in charter schools, and I am deeply concerned for the education of those attending underperforming institutions.
I understand that it is difficult to decide whether to shut down a school, since there are consequences both from doing so and not. That being said, I believe that we should work on not just solving the problem at hand, but preventing it in the future. The association should impose stricter regulations on opening charter schools and require more qualifications and specific educational plans as well as evaluate the socioeconomic factors and needs of the region before deciding whether the school should be approved. With fewer underperforming charter schools, we will have fewer children suffering from poor academic instruction and less pressure to make decisions about these faulty institutions.
[Your Name Here]
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