When it comes to knowing what a charter school is or does, there is a lot of misinformation being shared by people in the United States. Many of them believe that charter schools are private, which they aren’t and that the many people support opening new charter schools.
The poll also found that the majority of Americans doesn’t trust the federal government to determine how to improve schools, school choice is very important to parents and that standard curriculums are important. These are some interesting numbers since successful charter schools receive a great deal of money from the federal government and their aim is to craft their curriculum to meet the needs of their students. Although they may be standardized over their network, they are more concerned with meeting their student’s needs than with fulfilling federal guidelines.
The Federal Charter School Program (CSP) was created in 1994 to provide funds to State Education Agencies (SEA) for the development and support of charter schools. The program was expanded in 1998 to “enhance parent and student choices among public schools and give more students the opportunity to learn challenging standards.”
Charter schools are publicly funded but are not held to the same standards and regulations that traditional public schools must meet. There has been a trend over the last several years for network schools, like the Success Charter Network in New York or the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) network, which has schools across the country, to standardize programs, and these networks gain the lion’s share of the funding.
In 2011, $25 million in Federal grants were awarded and the grant programs in 2014 appear to be on track to dole out a comparable amount of money. Although the CSP has bipartisan support from the federal government, grants have been reduced from the all-time high of $138 million in 2010.
With charter school programs becoming more popular, finding the right school for your children is becoming a much more important part of the process.
There are many great schools spread out across the United States and since every person who is interested in sending their kids to charter school will have different qualifications and expectations, creating a list of the best schools would be an exercise in futility. A person living in New York would not find the inclusion of a great charter school in Texas helpful, and vice versa. What is helpful though is talking about what makes a charter school successful and showing you the way to find great charter schools in your area.
According to the US News school rankings for 2015, BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona is the best charter school in the United States. This is followed by the Gwinnet School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga and BASIS Tucson North, also in Arizona. These three schools had perfect scores in their national testing (both tested and passed) and scored 100 percent using their methodology.
A more telling method of choosing the right charter school network for your family would be to compare the schools in your area. Charter schools that consistently perform well in the rankings do so for many good reasons. Particularly, they are devoted to ensuring their students are capable of taking and passing the nationwide tests for the No Child Left Behind Law. This dedication recurs in the top schools year after year. It is rare to find a school that makes the list and then drops right back off. School managers, staff and teachers in these networks are determined to remain on the lists and work accordingly.
US News is not the only organization that ranks charter schools. Getting Smart, education advocates in Seattle, WA, release a list of top charter networks that are grouped by area.
Since its inception in 1982, over 7,000 schools in the United States have been granted the title of National Blue Ribbon School. This program was created to honor schools with a large proportion of students who are classified as disadvantaged.
The program was created by Secretary of Education Terrell H. Bell after the landmark education study titled A Nation at Risk found that our education system was falling behind the rest of the world. Our education system was stagnating and students, especially in disadvantaged areas, were not getting the education they required to live up to their full potential.
In 2003, the program was updated to bring it into line with the No Child Left Behind Law. Over 133,000 public, private and parochial schools are eligible for the award and 7,000 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
In June 2013, President Obama delivered the high school address to students of the Worcester Technical High School in Worcester, Mass. This school had been selected as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013. He praised the school as an example for maintaining national competitiveness in a global economy.
“Together, you’re an example of what’s possible,” Obama stated. “When we stop just talking about giving young people opportunity, when we don’t just give lip service to helping you compete in the global economy, we actually start doing it.”
There are two selection categories that applying schools have to meet. The first is for high achieving schools and these schools must score in the top 10 percent of all schools in reading and mathematics during the selected year. The second category is for disadvantaged schools that are beating the odds in improvement or have higher than average achievement for the selection year. A minimum of 40 percent of the students must be from an economic or other disadvantaged population group.
Originally, schools applied for the award, but that has changed and the individual state’s department of education nominates schools for the award. Criticism has also been levied at the program for not having an independent assessment process. The current and previous processes favor schools that know what the assessment program is looking for.
Success Academy is a network of Charter Schools in New York City which was founded by former Upper East Side city council member Eva Moskowitz. These charter schools have been expanding at a very rapid pace and as of now there are 22 Success Academies Charter Schools operating in New York City. However, despite being an overwhelming success story, news about the Success Academies salary situation has spurred quite a row among the people. According to salary reports, the founder of the Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz draws a salary in excess of $450,000 on a yearly basis. This huge sum of money is even higher than the annual salary of Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
The news of the Success Academies salary situation comes as a surprise to many since Moskowitz has been saying for many years that the charter schools must be given space in the public schools as they are providing free education to the poor children and cannot afford paying the high rent required for getting a private space. If this is really the case and the Success Academy is so strapped for cash, then the question arises why it is drawing so much salary. To make matters worse, Success Academy has shifted its headquarters as well to Wall Street, which is going to cost the organization a hefty amount of money. This move made by the Success Academy in November last year proved that the complaint of not having enough funds is nothing but a lie.
When asked about the Success Academies salary situation, Kerri Lyon the spokesperson for the organization said that the salaries of the executives of the Success Academy are in line with the salaries given to the administration staff of other non-profit organizations operating in New York City and it is not that much of an issue.
This post provides information to the readers about the salary situation at Success Academy. It highlights the exorbitant amount of money that is being drawn as salary by the founder of this charter schools network, Eva Moskowitz.
Success Academies Charter Schools have been operational in New York City for the past many years. The number of charter schools of Success Academy in New York City at the present moment stand at 22. Now, the Academy is looking to expand its network and wants to add three more schools in the Queens area of the city. Most of the schools of the Success Academy in New York City are located within public school buildings and it is the aim of the administration to get space for these three new charter schools within the existing public school buildings in the Queen area as well.
The current mayor of New York City, Bill De Blasio is not a supporter of the idea of co-location of charter and public schools and has provided stiff resistance to the concept in the past. In fact, he had denied space to three Success Academies Charter Schools in public school buildings in February much to the dismay of the administration of the Success Academy. Eva Moskowitz, the founder of the Success Academy however implored Governor Andrew Cuomo to step in and resolve the matter which he did by asking the state legislature to pass a ruling regarding the allocation of space to the charter schools. According to this law, the city now has to either provide funds to the charter schools to get a private space on rent or to find them space within the public schools.
The addition of three new success academies charter schools is going to further expand the network of the Success Academy. The academy is hoping to keep on expanding its network till 2016 and aspires to have 14 more schools added to its network by then. However, it is highly likely that the Success Academy will face opposition from the current mayor on the matter of co-location.