I just saw the news that the Colorado Rockies have agreed to long-term contract with Nolan Arenado. For some reason, I felt like that was good news and I smiled.
It know it is just bread and circuses, but he is a great entertainer and he will be staying in Denver to ply his trade for several more years. He is fun to watch, especially in the field. So I guess that is good news, even if it is not important in the big scheme of things.
According to Chalkbeat, “charter schools are controversial” in Denver. (See Post-strike, activists push to ‘flip’ the Denver board, but what that means is complicated.)
In Denver, the teachers union has accused them [charter schools] of siphoning students and money from traditional schools. Opponents claim charters are “privatizing” public education. And because they are supported nationwide by philanthropies that draw their money from wealthy entrepreneurs, charters are often vilified as serving corporate interests.
Let us see:
Charter schools are “siphoning off students.” That means the consumers, students and their parents, would rather attend those charter schools than their traditional public school. Good for them. Apparently the teachers’ union would rather these students be forced to stay in a school they would rather not be attending. And it is my understanding that public school money follows the students. So this complaint falls on deaf ears.
What does “privatizing” public education mean? Charter schools are public schools that offer alternatives. Alternatives are good. Once again, this is an example of “progressives” claiming to be pro-choice, but not when it comes to other choices, like schools.
“Charters are often vilified as serving corporate interests:” To the extent that is true, what interests do traditional public schools serve? Apparently public employee unions. That criticism is hypocritical at best. Plus, students and parents are not coerced into attending any charter school. If they choose to attend the Coca-Cola School for the Advancement of Soft Drink Studies, they should be able to make that choice.