All content is posted anonymously by employees working at Charter Schools USA. Charter schools embarrass local public schools because they often do a better job educating children, for less money. My first interview with the one of the largest charter schools in the nation was on the phone, right after my acceptance into Teach for America. Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at Charter Schools USA, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more. Here’s why you shouldn’t believe the hype that Betsy DeVos is trying to sell. Two kids collapsed of heat exhaustion during the school day, but teachers were kept for an additional hour after class to plan "Spirit Day," where we’d perform cartwheels, electric slides, and chicken dances the next afternoon. … The charter schools Ive heard about are amazing, but theyre impossible to get into. Please stop working. For a C school it was not the best. Due to this school-hopping culture, only 16 seniors remained of the 43 freshmen who had enrolled at our charter in 2013. I convinced students and families to attend schools that couldn’t support their needs. I encourage all readers to challenge, question, and delve deeper into the information I’ve provided thus far. Worse behaviors, plagiarism, fighting, bullying, can be anywhere from 4–7 point infractions. I attended public schools all my life; they’re the reason I went from Soviet refugee to Ivy League graduate. We love to see teachers adapt quickly to our behavior systems, it allows them to teach curriculum effectively. SPED is a highly specialized and stressful field that requires individual attention between teacher and student — which is a big part of why this law is in place. predominantly serving children of color and often popping up in lower income neighborhoods, Medical Professionals on the Truth About Covid-19, Ronan Farrow Is Still Hunting for the Truth, Meet the Woman Schooling Major Companies on #MeToo, Jemele Hill Stays Unbossed and Telling the Truth. An early attempt at education choice was charter schools. Even excellent veteran educators, like the three physical education teachers who were fired one year ago, are vulnerable. The special education teacher’s colitis landed him in the hospital, so he quit in January. On August 15, my first day of work, I dashed into the school’s newest home, a crumbling building on the campus of a public middle school in South Los Angeles. What would a “perfect” version of this interaction sound like? And as a public school teacher, I propelled my immigrant students to college. The assistant principal’s son was in my seventh grade class, where he bullied an autistic boy, even though bullying people with disabilities is illegal in California (and unacceptable everywhere). This wasn’t out of the ordinary, either: Nepotism abounds at charters across the country. A yard sign advertising a charter school in DC. Public schools aren’t perfect, but they’re a vital part of our democracy and worth saving. For example, in the 1999-2000 school year, Ohio charter schools got $2300 less per pupil in tax funds than local public schools. Charter schools have become the fastest growing solution to solving a wide range of problems. The rules are clear, you have a detention for this. But not all charter schools are non-union. When the goal of college attainment fails so miserably, it's hard not to wonder if the divestment from public schools is worth it. As you can imagine, by the end of the day it didn’t really matter anymore, any further infractions would reset at the end of the day. (Many schools offer specific guidance on this, backs must be straight against the back of chairs, hands on top of the desk, posture straight up) Teacher waits for 100% of students to do this, issuing infractions to any student who hasn’t. The stress aggravated his colitis, which had been dormant for years. I’m waiting for 100%! The charter school also paid $5,000 more than the competing public school and offered a brand new building to work in. Charter supporters note that some public schools, such as magnet or special program schools, do not accept all students either, and that is true. When a senior grabbed a teacher’s ass, the principal didn’t expel him (she couldn’t afford to lose more students) — so he continued sexually harassing her, and it felt like there was nothing we could do to stop him. A month into the school year, we got kids from a charter school that suddenly closed because of enrollment and facility issues, leaving kids scrambling for schools and teachers scrounging for jobs. I was hooked, and even toyed with the idea of starting a charter school of my own. I know that was a lot of information about an industry that probably doesn’t affect you deeply yet. Despite the safety issues, which plague charters nationwide, the principal kept recruiting students in order to stay afloat. We were given another reason to be anxious when the humanities teacher was laid off because sixth grade was under-enrolled — and that was just the tip of the iceberg. As for the day-to-day, public school teachers put in eight/nine hour days and charter school teachers can work as many as twelve. Be quiet. Small non-charter public schools have the same advantage but do not have the autonomy charter schools have in deciding how to allocate resources. 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