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Re: “Wondering Where the Lions Are

Charter schools are public schools. I'm so tired of people calling them private schools.

By law, charter schools are non-profit in Tennessee. Not only is this the legal standard, but making money off education in Memphis would be a very difficult thing. Education in our city is essentially a dollar suck. In order to become sustainable, they start with the backing of philanthropy, and they have to do that.

Charters don't get to choose who they serve. They are legally required to serve at a minimum 75% students zoned to their school. That means that for every one student outsize their zone, they need three from the neighborhood. ASD charters also serve a higher number of students with special needs and students receiving free or reduced lunch. Again, not a profitable venture.

Unlike the iZone, which is not a model designed to be scalable, charter schools are designed to eventually become sustainable, and eventually to be returned to the school district. iZone is a model that is incredibly expensive in both money and human resources. What do you imagine happens when you take the very best teachers and administrators from other schools? It's inevitable that those seats are filled by lower performing teachers and administrators. How do you expand that, exactly?

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Posted by jdubs on 12/18/2015 at 2:24 PM


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