A district here in Orange County has rejected a proposal for a charter school.
One of the reasons the district educrats gave for rejecting the charter is ""There is no evidence that there is a 'critical need' for the proposed charter school..."
As the Orange County Register editorializes (linked above): "...that argument misses the point of charter schools, which were created by the state Legislature in 1992 to provide choice for parents and students. And it is parents and students who determine the success or failure of a charter by attending it or shunning it."
The charter is appealing.
This is a great example of something discussed here earlier this week, as well as in the past: public schools don't want competition even within the framework of the taxpayer-funded public school system.
Here's another pro-charter editorial from the Register.
A related issue was discussed in the same paper's Ask the Teacher column yesterday. The principal at an Orange County middle school is refusing to allow teachers to write recommendation letters for students who wish to transfer to a high school in another district or to a private school. As the parent wrote: "Placentia-Yorba officials didn't want to enable a student to leave their district because they feel their district has high schools that provide equivalent/competing programs."
In other words, it's far more important to the principal to hang on to the child's body and the accompanying tax dollars than to work cooperatively with parents in their child's best interest, as determined by the parents. What matters to the principal is simply the school and its funding; education and parental rights are not considerations for such an educrat.