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  •  I apologize (0+ / 0-)

    I apologize that my tone offended you.  I am very frustrated with people who talk about virtual charter schools as if they are the devil's spawn, particularly since I have not met anyone who has actually attended a virtual charter school who takes this position.  The people in virtual charter schools that I've met are grateful for the opportunity, which many consider a salvation.   Virtual charter schools are actually an excellent tool that fits into an overall public school strategy.

    I would like to ask, though, who are you to decide for families?   Why only allow virtual schooling for certified special needs?   Why do you get to decide what solutions work best for what families?  A huge problem with public schools is a lack of flexibility, an inability to meet the needs of modern families with 24X7 schedules, single parents who have to work jobs that take them out of town, etc.  There is no end to the challenges that modern families face.

    Schools are not keeping up with the demands of modern life.  In fact, in some areas, they are retreating.   When faced with attendance issues, instead of understanding what's driving it and offering more flexible options, they just send the police to people's doors.  And, then schools wonder why families are dropping out, PARTICULARLY families with sick children who are doing everything that they can do, and getting treated like criminals.  Schools are stuck in the same old rut they've been in for decades, wondering why it isn't working.  And, then when states try to innovate, they get hit with this kind of backlash.  By people who have never even tried it.

    The voice on DKOS is overwhelming shrill cry that charters are the end of civilization.  But, my own experience is that they are solving problems, addressing the needs of families who would otherwise be forced into homeschooling, and therefore, EXPANDING opportunities for kids.   Someone needs to speak up about it, and I don't see anyone else doing it.

    •  who are you? (0+ / 0-)

      To decide that in order to have virtual schooling, you would speak FOR a rape the public tax base for profiteering system that would ultimately end in "schooling for the rich" and nothing for the poor.

      Charters are the end of civilization - that being a civilized society offers secular and equal education to everyone.

      Paying for religious filth with my taxes is an abomination to me.  You don't get to decide where MY tax dollars go.

      Move to Michigan.  We already have virtual schooling.

      Now, again, your tirades have nothing to do with the legislation at hand.

      Please quit spamming my diary with YOUR agenda.

      ..the smoker you drink, the player you get....

      by Diane Gee on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 01:09:06 PM PST

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