THE NEW SCHOOLS: Charter, cyber-charter schools provide options

In the past, there were basically two options for education: public schools and private schools. Full Story
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funny

Beaver Springs, PA

#23 Dec 29, 2010
Eat your words wrote:
Elco superintendent Richard Nilsen said he struggles with cyber-charter schools being an option for all kids, particularly for students in kindergarten through second grade.
"I don't really think we need kids that young on computers," he said.
Really, Richard?
But yet you stood firm behind previous ELCO School Board members and the ridiculous reasons for closing two of the older elementary schools in the district. Grade reconfiguration wasn't an option.
Schaefferstown or Myerstown couldn't be used for K-2 and all day Kindergarten because it would have been such a huge expense to have the buildings wired for the latest and greatest hi-technology.
Open mouth and insert your foot, Richard.
As a parent, who are you supposed to believe when the proclaimed "experts" talk out of both sides of their mouths and mostly out of their behinds.
Use your own brain. You can't actually believe a child is going to learn the social skills or speaking skills sitting behind a computer screen all day.

If you want have kids left behind while hiding them in their houses. This is the way.
no way

Beaver Springs, PA

#24 Dec 29, 2010
rancher wrote:
These cyber schools are a bad idea. The kids socialization is very limited and they don't get a real sense of reality and what is out there. Then they are 17 and can't get a job because they never interracted with anyone in public or ever practiced how to interview for a job or even how to dress for a job interview. I am not that old but I believe the youth have less respect for adults now than ever and that is mostly because of lack of parenting at home, so how are they going to learn at home if the parent isn't even there or possibly doing the work for them, which I have heard happens. I agree this should be for those that are mentioned in the above article, but it should not be for just the normal everyday kid who is just to lazy to get up in the morning to go to school.
You didn't even mention how teachers and school nurses watch out for things like abuse, children not being fed properly, sickness and hands on proper hygiene skills.

These cyber schools will remove a layer of protection afforded to our children that will be very harmful to our children and our society.
funny

Beaver Springs, PA

#25 Dec 29, 2010
tullihater wrote:
Would never send my kids to a school Tulli is running. He is what is wrong with our system: schools run by gym teachers!!
Tulli found himself a pot of overflowing money and he's grabbing all he can get.
Firebrand

Lebanon, PA

#26 Dec 29, 2010
We enrolled our 1st grade son this year after a year of home schooling. All I can say, is that it has been the best possible choice for us. My son is gifted and the public school does not offer gifted classes until 3rd grade. My son is also taking Sign Language and Spanish which are not offered in the public school at his level. He is involved in chess club and science club.

The fact is that the public schools, which are failing, need some competition. Byler acts like it is the cyber-charter schools who want money, but really the public schools complaint is loss of revenue for them. If Byler wants my kid in his school then he needs a school that out-performs the cyber schools.
Steve

Richmond, VA

#27 Dec 30, 2010
"Do you really expect me to belive the same Republican Party that doesn't give a rats azz about feeding, clothing, providing healthcare or housing poor children, actually give a damn about their education."

Good point! All that Senator Piccola cares about is satisfying [a] the tax-averse business lobby and [b] wealthy parents who want to diivert public money to fund their kids' private and parochial school tuition.
CINDY

Rochester, NY

#28 Dec 31, 2010
Here's a thought... why don't we as parents let each one do whats right for there OWN child and mind your business! Gosh it's no wonder children are so agressive these day's... just reading these posts and it just shows that we as adults need to be schooled on manners and the proper ways to treat and speak to each other...
Agreed

United States

#29 Dec 31, 2010
CINDY wrote:
Here's a thought... why don't we as parents let each one do whats right for there OWN child and mind your business! Gosh it's no wonder children are so agressive these day's... just reading these posts and it just shows that we as adults need to be schooled on manners and the proper ways to treat and speak to each other...
You are right on the nose with your response.
What I don't like is how the school district officials criticize the parents for making the choices that are best suited for their OWN children and do it in a condescending manner.
Like I said, I agree with you but I have witnessed how condescending some of the school officials can be and I find that most of the time it's the officials that put the parents on the defense. It's not productive, yet it continues and our kids get caught in the middle of all of it. It's horrible.
pathetic

Lebanon, PA

#30 Jan 1, 2011
Waiting for Superman

United States

#31 Jan 1, 2011
pathetic wrote:
http://www.chron.com/disp/stor y.mpl/metropolitan/7356935.htm l
And your point?
We all have a choice on whether to send our kids to a private school or the public school in your district. In fact, if you're not happy with the public school in your district, you can pay tuition to have your child attend any public school, but there's no gurantee, your child will be admitted. It must be approved by the districts school board.

The issue that lies within the article is that this man expected that his child would be accepted to this particular "Private" school because he graduated from there and he obviously thought he could insure his childs acceptance, by giving the school a hefty contribution. The old man is PO'd because he buy his kids way into this particular school.

That's not what we're talking about here.
taxback corporate welfare

Elm, PA

#32 Feb 13, 2011
Pennsylvania Republicans currently offer the private owners of charter schools unlimited earnings, backed by taxpayer funded public money to invest and takeover our public schools.

This is the same big corporate taxpayer funded welfare systems taxpayers currently give to Wall St. bankers.

http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php ...
taxback corporate welfare

Elm, PA

#33 Feb 13, 2011
Steve wrote:
"Do you really expect me to belive the same Republican Party that doesn't give a rats azz about feeding, clothing, providing healthcare or housing poor children, actually give a damn about their education."
Good point! All that Senator Piccola cares about is satisfying [a] the tax-averse business lobby and [b] wealthy parents who want to diivert public money to fund their kids' private and parochial school tuition.
According to our state auditor general office, private owners of charter schools have unlimited earnings with the backing of public taxpayer money with absolutely no oversight or limits in earnings.

The private owners of these charter schools can become billionaires with big houses, boats and airplanes and never stop collecting a dime of public money.

http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php ...
no way

Lancaster, PA

#34 Feb 26, 2011
Republican Pa. State Senators are proposing state legislation that would allow private charter schools to use unqualified nurses in their charter schools.

Why are we putting school kids at risk just to help private companies own charter schools ?
not a silver bullet

Manheim, PA

#35 Mar 2, 2011
Pa. State Senator Mike Folmer admits that the extra $1 billion dollars of taxpayer spending to privatley owned charter schools in unregultaed and unaccountable to taxpayer.

Both finacially and educationally unaccountable for $1 billion dollars of taxpare dollars.

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