Sunday, March 10, 2013
Charter Schools vs. Public Schools: An analysis of a parent using real facts and numbers
As a parent, I find it increasingly important to research the schools in our area to ensure I am sending my children to the best school possible. This is how I came across Horizon Science Academy. However, lately our school has come under scrutiny from a mysterious group of people (none of which ever leave their names or any legitimate sources for the things they say) that are against not only our school, but apparently all charter schools and most of the information they are spewing are either taken out of context or not true at all. If you are wondering why we are sending our children to these schools, I will tell you by comparing simple, real numbers and facts that show our reasons.
The U.S. Department of Education has a mission statement of "to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access". In my opinion, any school that abides by the same mission and successfully educates my children all the while providing a safe and caring environment is worth taking a second look at! Horizon does that and more!
Did you know that if a charter school is not producing high enough student achievement scores, they lose their rights to the school? In other words, if our children are not learning at a rate that is set by the government, not the school, the charter is taken away and the school gets SHUT DOWN!
According to the Ohio Deparment of Education, Ohio has a graduation rate of 79.7% as of 2011, the most recent calculation, and Horizon has a graduation rate of 100%! Yes, you read correctly, every student graduated. The other school my children attended do not even compare to the personalized attention my student gets from their teachers at Horizon. Talk about "equal access". Higher grades, more self-esteem and an actual want to go to school in the morning. I don't know about you, but when I was growing up, school was not considered "fun" to say the least.
I am not attempting to put public school down, but regardless of what some people want us to believe, charter schools like Horizon are making a positive impact on our children and society. Please take the time to research for yourself, like I did, before you believe the false allegations spread about so-called "Gulen charter schools".