Wordless Wednesday: A new charter?
It’s Hump Day! Which means it’s time for a Wordless Wednesday post! I’m linking up with Miss DeCarbo from [Sugar and Spice]!
My picture is actually a letter – so technically it isn’t wordless, but it’s very interesting nonetheless.
This letter came from the Dallas ISD page for [Home-Rule Charter Information].
You may have heard (if you live in Texas and maybe if not) that there are people wanting to turn Dallas ISD into a home-rule charter. This would basically turn it into a charter school district. It concerns me a bit considering I just left a charter school. Nothing at all against charter school, I was just hoping to move into a traditional public school district for a while.
As of last week, they have gotten the signatures on the petition which has required DISD to appoint a committee to draft a plan for the charter. It will be voted on in November if they finish the plan in time. I know some of the changes that could potentially happen – but haven’t decided if I think it is the best plan for Dallas…
They didn’t ask me though, go figure!
How would you feel about your school district becoming a charter school district?
Hey Bryce…I'm from Texas and not too far from Dallas (2 1/2 hours northeast). I hope things work out for Dallas ISD. Keep us posted. I'm your newest follower.
Stephanie from Principal Principles
I hope so as well! I will definitely keep everyone updated.
I have to admit, I don't know much about charter schools AT ALL. We don't have many in my area of Iowa. I'll have to do some research on this- I'm assuming that that one of the positives is supposed to be increased "local control" and decision making for the district?
Yes it would put more control into the school board – can more easily change length of school year, length of school day, how many kids can be in one classroom, teacher pay, etc… My fear is that the school board is no longer elected, but appointed by the mayor.
There are a couple of teachers in our building who came from charter schools. Their experience was very negative, so I would definitely be concerned. Having said that, I know there are good charter schools out there as well. I hope things work out for you!
Fit to be Fourth
Thanks! Working at a charter school last year had it's pros and cons, but I ultimately decided to move to traditional public education. Hopefully I'll still have that experience for longer than a year.