Seeing as DE charter approval and oversight is so robust, active and interactive, I can rest easy knowing this would never, ever happen here.
‘Significant barriers to entry’ at many
Philadelphia charters, District report says
by Benjamin Herold on Jul 31 2012 Posted in Latest new
by Benjamin Herold for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks
Updated 10:00 p.m.
A School District review found “significant barriers to entry” at numerous city charter schools, according to a draft report obtained by the Notebook/NewsWorks.
In at least one case, an unidentified charter made its enrollment application publicly available on only one day during the year. Another unnamed charter required applicants to complete an 11-page application, write an essay, respond to 20 short-answer questions, provide three recommendations, be interviewed, and provide records related to their disciplinary history, citizenship and disability status.
“The District does not believe this is a fair system, nor does it help build a robust system of school-choice,” wrote District spokesperson Fernando Gallard in response to questions submitted by the Notebook/NewsWorks.
All told, less than one-third of the 63 charters covered in the District’s review made their applications available in languages other than English. Six city charters refused outright to provide District staff with a copy of their application form.
Although Pennsylvania charter schools are independently managed, they are publicly funded and therefore legally forbidden from using discriminatory enrollment policies and practices.
“Assuming the facts of this report are true, this is a black eye for the charter movement as a whole, and brings down the credibility of all of us,” wrote Marc Mannella, CEO of KIPP Philadelphia, which operates four city charters.