Holden Pubic Policy Forum hosted Missouri Public Charter School Association Doug Thaman and Executive Assistant to Mayor Slay Rohbyn Wahby to discussion on the future on charter schools.
Thaman, reminded the audience that Charter Schools are public school. Thaman went on to explain that charter school are meant to give parents a school where to send their kids. As well as establishing a school with flexibility. He explains that district often makes decision for the entire district that may or may not be in the best interest of the school. Thaman recognized that early on there were problems with charter schools but there has been improvements over the years.
Wahby: difference is flexibility. A charter school can make decision for the school instead of a district wide decision, in quoting Truman “the Buck stop here” the buck shops with the principle, not someone in the back office. Allow parents to participate in the decision making.
Q & A:
An attendee pointed out that there is no balance, both panelist are for charter school. What about the children left behind in public schools.
Wahby; she didn’t see it as being left behind. She announce that she went to public school. She also pointed out that charter school offer a public choice within the city. Wahby argued that if the state is going to offer vouchers to parents to send their kids to private schools, then there should be a standard to display progress.
While there was not balence there, Thaman was a guest at Beacon and Eggs on February 24th with