Are we at the dawn of a new era for our schools? The School Board is hearing staff testimony Tuesday on the costs of coordinating with charter schools. Wouldn't it be great if we could get not just one, but many charter schools?
Math, Art, Theater, Science, Engineering, Mandarin, Hindi, International Baccalaureate, Latino Culture, Global Development, Agriculture, Craft and Construction, Culinary Arts, Film and Video, Sports - just to name a few possibilities. Even better if all these programs could cross-pollinate ideas and exchange students around vibrant centers of excellence.
If we have a choice, let's discourage our school board from defensively approving a controversial, single elementary strand. Instead let's encourage them to open up the system and support our kids with a rich web of community-based charter schools.