Note: Maria Baker is our fourth guest student blogger of the week. She is currently taking the Summer Youth Enrichment Capstone at Portland State University and volunteered this summer at the James John SUN Program. Her bigger questions about why discussion on school reform is dominated by charter schools is an important one to be asking! Is the charter schools model significant enough to take over the conversation? Who is in charge of guiding these conversations, and why is this model so talked about?
Charter schools are a big discussion point among the US educational system, but they only enroll about three percent of public school students. The specialized approach to learning is designed for disadvantaged or unhappy students in traditional public schools. When you factor in the lottery style admittance though, charter schools seem more like a special privilege rather than a program that will save the education system. With all the problems in the traditional educational system, should charter schools really be given so much time and effort when it only serves a small population?