In today's article about young D.C. parents' views toward the public schools the Washington Post's Emma Brown includes this statement:
"They grapple with angst over charter school enrollment lotteries with admissions odds that rival Ivy League universities."
While some high performing schools promote this statistic as if it is a badge of honor the lack of a sufficient number of quality seats for our children is nothing to write home about. We need to figure out a way to encourage rapid replication of our best offerings.
Solving the funding equity issue with DCPS would be a start. The Mayor's recent study on this issue looks promising as has been the turning over of vacant traditional school buildings to charters. But a final revenue solution is not yet in hand and the supply of classroom space could cease at anytime.
Moreover, no city officials have yet to propose an increase in the $3,000 per pupil facility allotment that is chocking future charter expansion plans.
With all of the support organizations for charters in the nation's capital don't you think one of them would spearhead the drive to provide an excellent teacher to each and every kid living in D.C. that needs one?
Challenging times call for strong leadership no matter what the profession or public policy sphere. I'm desperately waiting for someone or even a few people to raise their hand to say "I will do this!"