In June the nation’s leading charter school advocates descended on Nashville for the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools’ (NAPCS) annual conference.
Many of us who attended are true advocates who have fought for every school choice option to be on the menu for parents.
Unfortunately, NAPCS and other groups like the National Alliance of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) call themselves advocates yet are actively trying to destroy a sector of charters, an important educational option that thousands of parents and students around the country are benefiting from — public virtual schools.
As a parent it was disheartening to see the lack of discussion at the conference about the value of parents. But after reading these groups’ recent deeply flawed virtual school report it wasn’t a shock. These self-proclaimed advocates are demanding arbitrary enrollment caps (which would kick thousands of students out of the school they choose) and increased central control regulation of charter schools that will diminish parent choice.
They think they know better than parents. And that should alarm every stakeholder in the charter school movement.
Tillie Elvrum, president, PublicSchoolOptions.org