Patty Fischer's Column on Charter Schools
Original post made by Dad of 4, Midtown, on Sep 24, 2007
Thank you for your column on Charter Schools. I have been and continue to be a strong advocate of this concept, based on the opportunity it has provided for families to escape "The System" in school districts where schools are failing to educate the children; and I firmly believe that this purpose of charter schools best serves "The Children".
On the other hand, I was appalled to witness the slow motion disaster last year in Palo Alto, a top-flight, well-funded school district. One where a small entitled set of well-to-do parents with a self-serving agenda, allied with legacy-craving administrators, leveraged the "charter school legislation" against an utterly feckless school board. The unfortunate result of this selfish alliance was the extortion of a new entitlement for the privileged few at the expense of every other child in our district.
This travesty has been one of the key drivers that has energized our family from PTA volunteerism and significant school involvement to active participation in the local school board campaign. It is essential that Palo Alto now elect a school board that is able to not only declare priorities based on value to all the children in the district, but also to defend them in the face of determined special interest attacks. Given the abysmal performance of the incumbent board, and especially its President; we are compelled to tell our children, "For your educational future, ABC stands for "Anyone But Camille"