Holiday Charter School Laundry
Just to let people know, I wrote a letter in support of the Charter School, spoke in favor of the school at the hearing the other day and occasionally talk to the "founders" of the school. I am not involved in the administration of that school in any capacity.
Also I am not now and never have been a member of the communist party nor am I part of any terrorist organization.
If you get the impression I am getting pretty sick of the witch hunt atmosphere around this charter school issue you are right. There is a legitimate debate about the pros and cons of charter schools but to suggest that those of us on the school committee who take a particular position on it are doing something terrible and have no rights is outrageous. We have at least one school committee member, for example, who appears to think those of us who support the charter school do not have the rightt to speak in the discussion of it. The basis of this whole argument is that taking a position on the issue creates a conflict of interest and therefore we muct give up our democratic rights.
Greg - think about what you are saying please. First you seem to be saying that because the school committee does not vote on the appropriation to the charter school therefore we have a conflict of interest in voicing our support for it? It seems to me, the logic of conflict of interest is precisely the opposite. It we WERE voting on the appropriation AND serving on, say, the charter school board then there MIGHT be a conflict. Also I have been very public about my opposition to the way Charter Schools are funded, as vocal as I have been in support of the Discovery School.
Secondly, you seem to be essentially saying that one particular view of Charter Schools is the only one allowed on the school committee because that is the only view that serves the children of Montague.To me this precisely the mentality I ran against when I ran for school committee - waving the flag of "the children" to justify a particular policy.
I support choices for children and parents of Montague and I strongly feel that the Charter Schools are and will be agents of change in public education that will benefit all "the children." Disagree if you want and I respect that. Please respect my opinion.
Junkman - that Charter School in Springfield will probably go out of business.That is one of the good things about charter schools. If they are not financially or educationally viable they go out of business. Traditional public schools, on the other hand, can essentially fail fiscally and educationally but they stay in business. This creates great resistance to change, innovation and reform because the people within the system can continue to just plod along with the status quo.