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The Charter Must Be More Public, Says Teacher

February 11, 2019 - por

District of Columbia: David Koenig, a teacher at Washington Latin Public Charter School, pens a sharp op-ed demanding that DC’s charter schools become more public. “Although the charter schools are ‘public’ in a sense — they are open to residents of the District free of charge—they are governed by boards of directors that are anything but public. The several hundred men and women who make decisions regarding the budgets and operations of DC’s charter schools are not elected by anyone, and they are not accountable to students, families or employees of the school in any meaningful way. Not only are they unelected, but they are free to do their business — making fundamental decisions about the schools they govern — largely in private. This is because DC’s charters are not subject to basic transparency requirements that apply to charters in most states.”