CHARTER SCHOOLS will be the topic of discussion this Saturday, January 5, at 11 a.m. in our inaugural Show on "Indiana Talks." We shall shoot at a familiar place—Big Hat Books, 6510 Cornell Avenue, in Broad Ripple.
Education is one of the most important aspects of our society. The United States would not have been able to advance, as it did, between the mid-1800s and the 1970s without a system of public education that aimed at (but missed but not by a lot) universal literacy. In the late 1980s, as dissatisfaction with public education had grown, a movement for alternatives began in Massachusetts for later would be called "charter schools." The basic concept is to provide some public funds to entities for start-up schools that have autonomy but are accountable for outcome in the form of quality education.
This sounds like a nifty idea. Indiana has jumped onto the bandwagon. Unfortunately, a lot of studies indicate many charter schools perform no better than the public schools against which the system of charter schools was meant to compete. In other instances, the charter schools have fared far worse. One unfortunate aspect of charter schools, as they operate in Indiana, has to do with money and the private entities that create the charter schools.
Saturday we shall discuss the topic. One of our panelists will be Kevin Davis, Chief Operating Officer of the Indiana Public Schools Charter Association. We await confirmation on our other guest panelist.
Next week we shall discuss the Tenth Amendment. (If you do not know what the Tenth Amendment provides, go to an encyclopedia and look it up.) Our panelists will include Mike Meharry of the Tenth Amendment Center. We shall Skype® him in from Florida. Our other panelist will be Karen Celestino-Horseman, former Democratic Party member of the City-County Council and an Indianapolis lawyer. That Show also will be shot at Big Hat Books.