Public schools like Bedford have to enroll and keep enrolled everyone that wants to attend..
I understand and recognize that public schools have to take whoever enrolls.
Beyond that, however, at least from my perspective, there has been an on-going retoric from the public school sector against charter schools. Here is a typical MEA example.As Taken From Michigan Education Association, June 4, 2013http://www.mea.org/failing-charter-schools-still-allowed-expand
"Thirty-two new charter schools are set to open in Michigan this fall, and a new study shows that chronically low-performing charter operators are being allowed to expand their operations.
And while test scores don’t tell the whole story, the study, released by the non-partisan Education Trust-Midwest, reinforces the need for charter schools authorizers to be held to the same standards as traditional public schools."
Don't get me wrong, if a charter school is not doing a job, I have no problem with addressing that issue. But in that regard, I would say the same thing about public school teachers that are not doing a job and are protected by tenure.
Here is the other side of the same story referenced above. This version of the story is very different than the one presented by MEA.As Taken From CAPCON, June 14, 2013http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/18745
"Cesar Chavez Academy in southwest Detroit received an "A" on the Mackinac Center for Public Policy’s high school report card and was the second-highest rated high school in the state.
The Center For Michigan rated the charter school as the 65th best in the state out of 560 traditional public school districts and charter public schools. It had Detroit Public Schools ranked 493rd overall.
Yet this month, the Michigan Education Association used a study to claim Cesar Chavez Academy is failing and should not be allowed to expand."
To your point that public schools have to take everyone, as you read the artical further, refering to MEA's assessment,
"The study didn't take into consideration that charter campuses like Cesar Chavez take on students who are "disproportionally from circumstances of poverty, abuse and neglect and serve high percentages of children from low-income families," a Leona Group press release said."
At least in this particular situation, the charter school appeared to be taking what might be anticipated to represent the more difficult cases.
As you can see, there is huge difference between how MEA views or presents the work of certain charter schools versus how other less directly vested groups evaluate charter schools. One group rates the Chavez school the second highest in the state while MEA does not think they should be allowed to expand.
For me, this example just makes me more skeptical than ever of the retoric of self serving groups like the MEA.