Editorial: Charter schools need stronger regulation

Adrianna Malena, Reporter

About 24% of charter schools rapidly close due to mismanagement, and even more are turned into a business opportunity for the profit organizations that run them.

In the future, these Charter schools should be regulated in a way that each student receives a proper education.

Charter schools such as those situated in the state of Ohio have spent four times the amount of money that common public schools have in the past. In other words, they tend to drain money away from public schools, and the students who attend them. This is because of the massive profits created for the investors, which is completed by firing qualified teachers and replacing them with untrained employees that they consider staff. Furthermore, over $216 million was recorded as wasted/mismanaged in 2016 by the Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive advocacy group.

As previously mentioned, in The Center For Educational reform, most Charter schools have the habit of simply going out of business. Education Votes found about a third of charters that opened in 2000 were closed by 2010. Along with the fact that, the closing of many of these schools were sudden and without warning.

This introduces another problem, which is their generally poor test scores. In fact, as stated in U.S. News, only 17 percent of charter schools have growth in math scores, over public schools. The problem that generates this lies in the inexperienced poor faculty that is generally hired. As previously mentioned, charters hire less certified teachers to save money for other things. They are able to do this by hiring faculty through an organization named Teach for America, in which the so called “teachers” are given a minimum of three weeks of training. Whereas public school teachers are required a minimum of five years in college. Questioning the quality of the education general.

In short, many people perceive these schools as a bad learning environment overall. This is more evident through a quote gathered by the organization named Weapons of Mass Deception, in which a teacher who taught at a charter for only a year before transferring stated, “The kids in my Charter School First Grade class were never allowed to be children. Instead they were stuffed into little invisible straight-jackets all day long, from which outbursts and tantrums were frequent.”

To progress this issue, find and contact your representative in Congress through https://whoismyrepresentative.com, and voice your opinions on the regulation of these schools.