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Written on Blount County School Board denies Hope Academy a second time:

Well done Blount County School Board! Schools in Blount County, Maryville City, and Alcoa City systems are doing very good jobs educating the children of our area. Practices are being used everyday and EVERYONE benefits from them. This is proven by exceptionally high test scores and now SCORE is honoring Maryville City Schools as being one of the top 3 systems in the state for student growth. Public education is working here.

Charter schools have a mediocre history at best. Several research reports show charter schools can have positive impact where school systems are failing - this is obviously not the case here. However, several research reports also show the negative impact charter schools have on public school funding (see any number of US Department of Education reports).

This begs the question, why in the world would Blount County/Maryville City/Alcoa City citizens want their tax dollars diverted away from something that is working (and working well) to something that, at best, is a gamble and at worst statistically unproven?

Public education should not in the business of making a small group happy at the expense of the vast majority. Thank you Blount County School Board for your votes!

Written on Roach to take over top spot at MHS:

So long Mike. May God bless you in ways thought unimaginable as you go forth in education. Mr. Roach has huge shoes to fill as he takes on and, hopefully, continues what you have started.

Written on Grassroots group putting final touches on application for first charter school in Blount:

in response to agentorange007:

If you would like to learn more about charter school facts and myths or to find out what charter schools are really about, check out the Tennessee Charter Schools Association website.
http://www.tncharterschools.org/

There are links there to the state laws regarding charter schools.

The following website refutes the six common unfounded criticisms of charter schools, some of which you bring up.
http://www.edreform.com/Archive/?Char...

Using the Tennessee Charter Schools Association website to answer concerns and criticisms about charter schools is akin to asking the Politburo to address concerns and criticisms about Communism. How about we try unbaised organizations, such as Stanford University, which have conducted multiple studies, both positive and negative, concerning charter schools. Or for that, any of the other thousands of studies, both positive and negative, that have been conducted. If you look at the whole picture, not just a selection, then you would realize that charter schools have been around for more than 20 years without any conclusive evidence of being effective.

I am all for trying new things, but at least make sure it is going to work. We are asking our teachers to use PROVEN research based methods (which is stated verbatium in the new evaluation models). Why not have all education decisions based upon the same standard?

Written on Grassroots group putting final touches on application for first charter school in Blount:

in response to agentorange007:

Your criticisms of charter schools are typical and expected and have been well documented in charter school research. And they all are refutable. Take a look at the state test scores at Fort Craig (the first school in this area to implement Kovalik's ITI/HET model.)

Charter schools in other states are not just for the underperforming students and/or schools. Charter schools are a way to empower parents to take charge of THEIR tax dollars and to use them to do what most school systems can't or won't.

It is not wrong for anyone to use THEIR tax dollars to take THEIR child's education to the next level instead of being stuck in the "No Child Gets Ahead--err No Child Left Behind" rut.

Parents do have a choice about THEIR tax dollars - move somewhere else! The amount of tax dollars required to fund per pupil expenditures in this county far exceed what the normal, average household pays in property and sales taxes. That means it is not only THEIR tax dollars that are going to support charter schools but also MY tax dollars and the tax dollars of people who do not even have children in the public school system.

I do not refute the test scores from Fort Craig. They are good. However, as with everything dealing with education, it is about parent involvement. That is why the Kovalik/ITI model does not work well in low socio-economic schools. The research supports this this.

I totally agree with the problems associated with No Child Left Behind. However, taking money away from schools that are doing the job is absolutely NOT the answer. That is what a suburban charter school in Blount County would do.

I would be interested in the entrance requirements for the proposed suburban charter school? If it is truly to be a PUBLIC school, there should be NOT entrance requirements and ANY child, of ANY ability, from ANY socio-economic background should be allowed to attend. Of course this would never happen in a suburban charter school.

As stated before, this is a way for a few unhappy parents to reap all the benefits of a private education without paying for it. If public education in Blount County, Alcoa, and Maryville City is all that bad, then why keep your child enrolled there? I am sure The Webb School of Knoxville, CAK, Maryville Christian School, or any other number of private schools would be more than happy to look at new applications.

Written on Grassroots group putting final touches on application for first charter school in Blount:

Charter schools in a suburban area - which has two of the top performing school systems in the state. Now that is an interesting concept. The idea behind a charter school it to help underperforming systems reach higher academic standards. It is not meant - nor should it be designed for - parents who want a private education for their children but do not want to pay the tuition. If public education is that bad, then remove your child from it. There is nothing keeping them here. If you do not want your tax dollars going into the local school system, then leave. You have that choice. The founding director, Mrs. Bradley, implemented the ITI and Susan Kovalik model. Of course her school was chosen as a model school for Kovalik because Blount County has paid Susan Kovalik and her company thousands of dollars to implement the system. This is not a distinction given by an unbaised agency. Kovalik is a company trying to sell their education reform. It only makes sense they will be giving "awards" to their best customers. Since it was put into place at Mary Blount, has anyone measured the success? If you look at the state test scores for Union Grove Middle (which used to be William Blount Middle) the impact of the ITI/Kovalik model is minimal at best and fails to create lasting learning on those items which are tested and deemed the most important by our State Department of Education.

Charter schools, especially in affluent suburban areas with high performing schools, make great sense as a solution for public education (I hope the sarcasm from this statement is evident!). Take away funding from school systems, only allow a select few to attend the charter school, and sing their praises! This does not solve the solution for public schools, it only creates an inexpensive way for complaining parents who do not get their way to have private school benefits without the private school costs.

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