That’s a term all New Yorkers are going to have to get used to unless they have the energy to fight.

Fortunately, they won’t have to fight it all over town (yet), just in some areas. (More on the burgeoning just up on Ednotes.)

I came across “chartering” for the first time on the website called the New York City Charter School Center. The Core Functions of the Center is one chilly little list and as disconnected from the education of a child than anything I’ve ever come across.

Core Functions:

The Center will provide leadership, oversee quality assurance and serve as a facilitator and resource for:

  • New charter school leadership development
  • Student performance evaluation, assessment and data management modeling
  • Information, support services, solutions and systems to ensure continued charter school development through successful operations
  • Real estate/facility support
  • Startup, technical assistance, information sharing and fundraising grants resource development
  • Networking between charter schools and allied organizations to increase support
  • Communications to promote and advocate for effective charter school models and systemic education reform

The “Mission” is “to increase the number of high-quality charter schools and thereby improve public education in New York City” — as if one had to do anything with the other.

And the “Founding Principles” is just robo-speak:

Founding Principles:

Charter schools provide the greatest promise for the improvement of public education, in their own right, and as a model for school district reform.

Chartering makes high student achievement possible because it requires schools to be accountable for results while providing them with the autonomy and flexibility to achieve results.

Autonomy and accountability are preconditions for high student achievement but alone are not enough to achieve it. Structural reforms must be married to skilled and dedicated leaders, teachers and governing boards, who can use the autonomy granted them wisely and well.

Charter schools and chartering are a spur and a model for education reform at the district level; chartering can provide districts with a road map to institutional change and such change will be more long lasting and profound where charters are part of the larger reform efforts.

Charter schools fulfill their promise to the fullest when they not only succeed academically but when they involve parents and the community in which they are rooted as partners in that success.

I’d rather my kids be “schooled” than “chartered.” The first implies learning something, the other throws them into a business model.

— JW


2 thoughts on “"Chartering"

  1. I’ve never flown private but you sure have me thnnkiig about it. I don’t like the hustle and bustle of the commercial airports and all of the waiting that goes on in them. I don’t fly often but I’m sure if I could fly private I would do it more. I love to travel and you may have just provided the means for me to do it. Love ya Genna, keep up the good work.

    Posted by Gordo | February 9, 2014, 3:30 pm
  2. Wow this was a well written article and I must admit I myself did not think that I could ever fly on a private jet but I loved how Ben pointed out that traveling with different families could totally make this happen!! I loved that idea. I dream of the days that I don't have to go through baggage claim. This is something I am going to share with family and friends. I wish I would have known this just two days before when I booked my trip to Miami I would have loved to flown to Miami Kardashian style LOL!Thank you for this post!! I throughly enjoyed it.

    Posted by | February 10, 2014, 2:19 am

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