Definitions from an Ed School prof makes it seem so
A recent Education Week article by Professor Sarah M. Stitzlein from the University of Cincinnati just caught my attention.
Stitzlein talks about “five responsibilities schools must meet to truly be called ‘public’.” Her third criterion is:
“They should be responsive to the public, enabling community members to vote out school officials or change school policies through meaningful and viable avenues like elections, referendums, and open school meetings.” (Note: “Community” is spelled correctly in the print edition of this article but the online version does have a typographical error)
So, community members in a real public school system – at least according to Stitzlein – should be able to vote out school officials and should also have control over school policies through elections and referendums. Citizens should also have free and easy access to school meetings, so those meetings need to be clearly and publicly announced.
Well, Kentucky’s current public school system, which doesn’t have any charter schools at present, flunks Stitzlein’s requirements.