"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, February 16, 2013

How To Know When Your Charter School Sucks

Wisdom by Mark Naison:

  1. It's leader calls himself/herself a CEO.
  2. The CEO's salary is more than three times the salary of the highest paid teacher in the school.
  3. The board of the school is full of hedge fund executives [or corporate directors].
  4. Teachers in the school are terrorized and students treated as though they were in prison or on the verge of being sent to prison.
  5. The construction company who built the school is owned by a relative of a politician or a powerful community organization.
  6. The school teaches that those who practice some of the world's great religions are heading straight to hell.
  7. The school drives out students who are discipline problems or don't test well.
  8. The school accepts a co-location with a public school and then tells its teachers and students not to talk to anyone in the other school.
My comments: If your school shows any signs of this illness, 1) remove your child, 2) organize to shut it down, and 3) publicize how much public money is being wasted on a vicious form of corporate welfare.


  1. You just described the Charter Schools in the USA (135) that are managed by members of the Gulen Movement Cult. Yep 10 out of 10 and more.



  2. Anonymous1:01 AM

    You just described MycroSchool Pinellas in St. Petersburg, FL. The school is run by a company called NewCorp, the head of which is the “CEO” named Joy Baldee. On her online profile, Baldee puts Harvard University, leading people to believe she went to Harvard. Baldee attended a summer seminar for Principals over 15 years ago.

    The Principal, Julie Mastry (formerly known as Julie Janssen, her married name) worked for Pinellas, FL schools for years. Julie Mastry has been fired from just about everyplace she has ever worked. In 2011, the then Julie Janssen was serving as the Superintendent and was fired after a unanimous vote from the then school board. And these people are leading our children. Gotta feel sorry for the kids.