Good words from the charter school amendment that passed the Kentucky Senate by a single vote yesterday:
(2) Charter schools shall:
(a) Focus on closing achievement gaps between high-performing and low-performing groups of public school students by expanding learning experiences for students who are identified as academically low-achieving;
(b) Increase pupil learning through the implementation of high, rigorous standards for pupil performance;
(c) Provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of education opportunities that are available within the public school system; and
(d) Be allowed freedom and flexibility in exchange for exceptional levels of results-driven accountability.
But will the teachers unions go along with it? Will implemented policy actually give these goals a chance? Will it matter to kids trapped in failing schools?
By opposing even this weak attempt at implementing charter schools in Kentucky, the unions have already indicated that they oppose any attempt to hold teachers, students and school systems accountable.