09/13 - Charter Checkup

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A national report says Louisiana charter school students learn faster than their peers in traditional public schools. That’s not the case, though, if those charters are in suburban or rural parishes. There are over 100 charter schools throughout the state with the nation’s largest percentage of charter school students in New Orleans. So, how effective are charter schools in Louisiana? Are they delivering promised educational dividends or putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk? And when measuring success, do charter schools compete with traditional public schools on a level playing field in the areas of admissions and accountability? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Charter Checkup” Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
1. Do you happen to know what the term 'charter school' means, or aren't you sure?
2. Do you happen to know if there are any charter schools in your local community?
3. As you may know, charter schools operate under a charter or contract that frees them from many of the state regulations imposed on public schools and permits them to operate independently. Do you favor or oppose the idea of charter schools?
4. Would you support or oppose opening new public charter schools in your community as alternatives to existing public schools?
5. Let's say there is a consistently poor-performing school in your community. What of the following do you believe would be the best solution…
6. Do you believe students receive a better education at a public charter school than at other public schools, a worse education, or would you say it probably doesn’t make much of a difference?
7. Do you believe students receive a better education at a public charter school than at private schools, a worse education, or would you say it probably doesn’t make much of a difference?
8. As you may know, Public Charter schools are allowed to have selective admissions for students. Traditional public schools cannot have selective admission. In your view, should public charter schools be allowed to have selective admissions?
9. Most charters in Louisiana are under the jurisdiction of the State of Louisiana's Department of Education; whereas most Non-charter schools are under the jurisdiction of a local school district. Do you think charter schools should be under local control or state control?
10. How many children between the ages of 0-17 live in your household?
11. And are those children primarily in private schools, charter schools, public schools, or home schooled?
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