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School's Choice: How Charter Schools Control Access and Shape Enrollment - Shared screen with speaker view
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
17:51
so as not to advertise Amazon (please use your favorite indep book store): https://www.tcpress.com/school%E2%80%99s-choice-9780807765814
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
18:40
Please contact me with any questions, etc, at welner@colorado.edu
Scott Esserman (he, him) DPS Board At-Large
28:19
I’d love to hear discussion on how many of the practice being described (on the “enrollment” slides) are in use nationally and/or in Colorado.
Paula Noonan
30:47
How many of the factors of exclusion factors occur in CO as one of the deer appeals is minority access to improved education
Jeannie Kaplan
34:53
In your research did you find any hope for unwinding this privatization in Colorado? Any place where CHOICE has been debunked?
Paula Noonan
34:57
The hard thing here is to understand the relationship between overall charter funding and public school funding, as with dsst that gets so much money from rich entrepreneurs - how does this factor play out with access and other charter advantages
Sally Augden
37:52
I don’t know if this was included in your study, but how much real innovation is happening in these charters? That was the initial push for charters. Other than being able to fire teachers at will, how much really new education philosophy is happening?
Wagma Mommandi
38:59
Collegiate Academy in Littleton is the school that requires volunteering or paying 10/hour for 40 hours each year
Paula Noonan
40:39
If competition is the magic wand, what evidence is there that competition has had the desired effect?
Su Ryden
41:11
This sounds like the typical private school , but at less cost, but still too much cost for families of lesser means?
Kristi Douglas
41:13
Excellent question Paula
Kristi Douglas
42:03
farther away from FRACKING???
Scott Esserman (he, him) DPS Board At-Large
42:42
Thanks so much.
Wagma Mommandi
43:21
re: greeley, fracking and charter schools https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2018/04/an-oil-company-faced-pushback-about-fracking-near-a-charter-so-it-moved-next-to-a-low-income-public-school/
Carolyn Bedingfield
45:16
Monument Academy requires 16 hours of volunteer time per semester or $10 per hour. This is part of enrollment agreement.
Wagma Mommandi
46:03
The Greeley/fracking situation was also covered in a Daily Show segment: https://www.cc.com/video/ebkkzm/the-daily-show-with-trevor-noah-that-s-fracked-can-a-colorado-school-combat-environmental-racism
Mike DeGuire
46:45
What can local school districts do to provide more oversight regarding the inequitable and questionable enrollment practices by charter schools?
Sue Windels
49:26
Any chance we can return to the original language of our CO law creating charters?
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
50:16
Here's a study we did on that topic: https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED531789.pdf
Jeannie Kaplan
50:32
Reportedly, DSST has an endowment of $50 MILLION !!!
Jackie Burhans
51:40
Colorado does not require schools to provide transportation
Jackie Burhans
52:55
Legal fees alone are astonishing
Jackie Burhans
53:15
Requiring the use of a substitute teacher management app belonging to your relatives
Su Ryden
56:45
Has any state done anything about campaign finance regarding ballot measures that help charters? e.g. LEAP?
Su Ryden
57:30
How would you compare GW’s IB program with a charter school?
Wagma Mommandi
58:14
@CU I would say that when I went to GWs IB it could be compared to the most exclusive access restricting charter school in many ways.
Jackie Burhans
59:32
Where in CO law does it prohibit requiring volunteering (or paying). If its happening, is their state oversight to report this to? Especially if the local district who authorizes them doesn't do anything when notified of their charters' violations.
Judy Solano
01:02:27
What specific policies are needed in Colorado to address the practices of controlling access and shaping enrollment in charter schools?
Evie Hudak
01:02:33
Jackie, state law does not allow schools to REQUIRE parents to volunteer at a school for their child to attend
Carolyn Bedingfield
01:02:53
Can you address the education Reenvisioned BOCES contract schools? Similar to a charter, they have opened 2 classical schools in non member districts.
DONNA LUCERO
01:03:51
We need more time to address these questions!
johnmyers
01:05:24
Kevin-As you close will you use a minute to talk about NEPC’s Price of Opportunity Project?
Jackie Burhans
01:06:02
@Evie Hudak, WHICH law?
Evie Hudak
01:06:47
I don't know the exact statute, unfortunately
Mike DeGuire
01:10:00
This topic is very important. Thanks for hosting. I hope you can continue this topic for the community.
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
01:10:04
@John - no time to discuss the Price of Opp project, but y'all will love it. See more here: https://nepc.colorado.edu/initiative/price-opportunity
Sally Augden
01:10:10
Also, having schools document teacher turnover.
Jackie Burhans
01:10:22
We need more laws on transparency for charters. They should HAVE to provide public access to both board packets and board meeting recordings proactively on a website or using boarddocs. Don't make us CORA it. All schools should do this. In 2022.
Mike DeGuire
01:10:35
Lack of transparency is a major issue.
Wagma Mommandi
01:12:51
Contact info:Wagma Mommandi: mommandi@colorado.comKevin Welner:welner@colorado.eduhttps://tinyurl.com/schoolschoice
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
01:13:02
Here's the Washington Post piece that has the infographic: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2021/12/01/how-charter-schools-restrict-enrollment/
marcia tewell’s iPhone
01:13:35
Thanks so much for this important conversation. Students with the label of autism or who have an IEP are almost totally locked out of charters.
Jackie Burhans
01:14:31
Great link to the book, offers for free shipping and 20% discount on ebook
Mike DeGuire
01:15:28
https://nepc.colorado.edu/book
Wagma Mommandi
01:16:03
The price of opportunity project: https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/price-opportunity
Scott Esserman (he, him) DPS Board At-Large
01:16:32
Thank you Judy for organizing. Thank you Kevin and Wagma for great work and information!
johnmyers
01:16:41
Thanks Kevin.
Kevin Welner (he/him/his)
01:17:06
Thank you all for the invitation -- it was great speaking with you all.
Su Ryden
01:17:06
Thanks for holding these forums!
Karla Esser
01:17:11
Thank you so much Kevin and Wagma
Wagma Mommandi
01:17:17
Thank you all, this is a really great group of minds.
Kathy Plomer
01:17:20
Thank you. Very informative!