I am not a supporter of more charter schools, despite the quality outcomes at lower costs, mainly because I don’t think we should be creating more "tracks" of schools.
Right now, we have public schools, private schools, innovations schools, parochial schools, all operating under different models, and depending upon what town you live in and what they can afford to pay beyond the basic foundation budget, the coursework is not uniform, either.
We can see that with the reduced English Language Arts courses, waiting lists for vocational-technical schools, and foreign language course cuts that the recent recession has forced on the system. My vision is to take the best practices of charter and innovations schools and start implementing them into the public school system.
This is going to take a lot of cooperation from many participants – cities and towns, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Department of Education, and the Legislature.
But it’s a goal worth achieving because, without a properly educated new generation of citizens, the Commonwealth will not enjoy the same competitive advantages we now have, nationally, thanks to the excellence we’ve garnered from past investment.