I am a grad student at the University of Memphis working on my masters in teaching. For one class I took a couple of semesters ago, the two founders of Omni Schools came to visit and gave us a detailed presentation on what their vision and plans were for Omni schools. Now this was while it was apparently in the developing stages and each student in the class had to come up with a presentation on ideas they had for Omni Schools for our final assignment.
One thing that really stuck out for all us was that the two gentlemen from Omni Schools kept emphasizing that they were working from a business model. If they did a good job, then they would get more students (customers). If the students didn't meet AYP, then they "went out of business".
The fact that they looked at their charter schools as "businesses" made us uneasy because we knew just how the corporate way of doing things turned out just by looking at the current state of the economy. We also didn't like that they didn't see their students as people who needed an education but potential consumers of their "product".
That said, that their charter school is in the trouble it's in doesn't surprise me a bit.
By Flyer Staff
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