Nathan: Let's begin with Antonia, Jennifer, Khalique and your encouragement to dream.
January 2015 Archives
Meier: How can we redesign the "charter idea" as the future of education itself? We can start with expanding school autonomy.
Nathan: Since 1985, Minnesota has allowed high school students to earn college credit with state funds following them, helping pay for all tuition, book and lab fees. Moreover, some of us are advocating providing start-up funds to help district faculty start new options within school districts.
Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.
Nathan: School choice is a powerful tool that needs to be used carefully. I think you and I agree on this.
Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.
Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?
Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.