THE CASE FOR SUBURBAN CHARTER SCHOOLS (EDUCATION POST)

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By Nadra Nittle, Education Post, January 13, 2017

Tai Glenn still remembers the conflict that led her to switch her daughter from a traditional public school to a charter school seven years ago. A bully had terrorized her daughter for months, punching the then-fifth grader and shoving her head into a toilet. Yet the principal of the school, in a middle-income section of Los Angeles, didn’t take the situation seriously, Glenn said.

“Without discussing it with me, she dragged the bully and the bullied into a room and tried to get them to apologize to each other,” said Glenn, a legal services lawyer.

When Glenn objected to her daughter meeting with the bully without a parent or mental health professional present, the principal said she would handle the situation how she saw fit. So when Glenn’s daughter reached middle school, she found a charter school for the child rather than a traditional school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

In the weeks since President-Elect Donald Trump selected controversial school-choice advocate Betsy DeVos as his nominee for secretary of education, discourse about the merits of charter schools has intensified. Advocates on all sides of the debate are re-opening discussion about the purpose of the schools and their potential expansion.

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