Last week, Gov. John Kasich said in his State of the State Address that
"just because a charter school is not producing great results in grades, it doesn't mean they're failing." Huh? The whole reason we went to an A-F system was to tell us exactly that -- which schools and districts were failing and which weren't. Wasn't it? I'm not saying that I agree with this idea, but that was the point, right?
So I went back to Kasich's signing ceremony for the bill that created the state's A-F system.
When Kasich signed HB 555 two years ago, the placard on his signing desk said "Empowering Teachers and Parents for Student Achievement". You can watch his whole ceremony here
Go ahead. Look for the part where he says if schools get Fs, it doesn't mean they're failing. You'll look for a while.
Here's what Kasich said then:
"We need to speak in clear language that parents can understand... it will let mothers and fathers understand how's it going in reading? How's it going in mathematics? It's going to allow them to see exactly how the school is doing. This is a big deal for our state. Academically."
Now it appears that perhaps that clarity isn't quite as clear for parents of kids in charter schools. Notice he didn't apply that qualification for local school districts, by the way.
(Read more at 10th Period)