I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I’m a big supporter of public schools, and charter schools IF THEY WORK. Currently in my state many charter schools test scores fall well below the other district schools and those other schools for the most part aren’t posting very impressive scores. Minnesota is now 2nd worst in the country with the achievement gap, and while there seems to be a lot of talk about solutions, I’m not seeing a lot of effective change, in the public awareness, or the schools ability to drive change and start closing these gaps.
I’ve vented to friends/family/strangers on the street about my school experience and what I’ve found is that I’m not alone. Not even close, and while that seems obvious in some ways, it’s been a steep learning curve for me to realize to extent of which this is a systemic problem.
In these conversations I’ve jokingly brought up the idea of starting a charter school. Sure, I have absolutely no real schooling experience, administrating a school experience or much more than drive and fundraising know how to get me starting. but this idea keeps rattling around in my brain. The other more practical part of me realizes the time and energy it would take to attempt this, and I also know that my energy might better be spent helping an existing charter school to become better, but I was again mulling this idea of starting a charter school tonight, and I have to say there is a serious appeal to it.