Included in the post which, at each splog, is titled, “Cleveland Rally Backs School Choice,” are pictures of House Speaker Jon Husted and a quote from him, and a picture of my state Rep. Josh Mandel, addressing the charter school supporters.
I want the legislative oversight office re-instated.
I want the schools subject to the same standards and regulations as the public schools under the districts with which each charter is affiliated.
I want report cards, and tests and AYP and contracts and everything else to apply to the charters, except to the extent that, in order for the charter to fulfill its niche – which is supposed to be a niche not otherwise filled by the district and said niche supported by parents in the district – it needs waivers from certain public school requirements.
I want them to file detailed financial and narrative reports that provide accountability to the students and the district’s and this state’s taxpayers.
And I do not want a single charter run by a for-profit entity.
The original intent and vision for charter schools has been perverted in many cases. The Ohio DOE should find the ones that are functioning well and seek to use them, actively, as models. Shut down or overhaul all the others, terminate the contracts with the for-profits and get the kids who need alternatives that aren’t otherwise provided the setting and education they need.
What is the big deal?
NB: There is no doubt that Life Skills Center has a right to create as many blogs as it wants, each one dedicated to a different one of its locations. They may even argue with my reference to those blogs as splogs.
But given the fact that the primary link on each of these splogs is to a White Hat-managed entity, why not just post such news items on the school’s website, rather than create a rarely used, rarely linked to blog?
Because they are trying to game Google and Blogger and blog readers, just like they are trying to game Ohio taxpayers and those who want genuine charter opportunities, without the for-profit moniker.
P.S. Anyone want to guess as to how I discovered the existence of these splogs in the first place?