by Dr. Charice Hayes, CEO All 4 One Tutoring
About a month ago, I read a report about how NAACP delegates and the National Board called for a decision to delay the expansion of charter schools. A task force was assembled called the Task Force for Quality Education. The Task Force gathered nationwide data on the state of charter schools and traditional public schools. Here is what the Task Force found:
- From a Stanford University report, 37% of charter schools performed worse than traditional public schools.
- Predominate white schools in predominate black communities discipline black students out of the schools.
- Funds are drained from public schools. The money does not follow the student.
- A lot of charter schools follow the franchise business model. A board operates the schools under contract, and the teachers are considered at-will employees.
As an organization, All 4 One Tutoring LLC we have tapped into providing services to charter schools. We run a very successful after-school program at the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. We help fill in educational gaps and do activities and projects that help prepare students for college along with helping them have a smooth transition into high school. My take on the report is that I agree that the charter school sector needs to align financial transparency with consistent accountability.