Originally Posted by HeartDrama
I suppose it's possible that the culture in OH would include a bias against charter schools. That's quite different in California. Here, if you lack experience and need a job, charter is the way to go. I get really frustrated with those in education who have a myopic view of what they believe it should be. All children should be educated in a public school and parents should not consider any other options. I hear it on these forums; nothing but slander about charter schools. I can't imagine how teaching at a charter school means that someone is a subpar teacher. Sounds like elitist nonsense to me.
THANK YOU for voicing what I have thought SO OFTEN on these forums!!
I have learned that the educational landscape is VERY different in CA than other parts of the country. Charters are much more widely accepted here, are held more accountable, have a longer history of success (NO, not all succeed, but many REALLY do), and are extremely numerous and can be found nearly anywhere in our huge state. I think everyone's view of charters is tainted by whatever state/region of the country they live in. Charters are run very differently and abide by different laws in various parts of the country.
I got hired at a charter in 2012 because it was the only job I could get in a terrible market. To say I was pleasantly surprised would be an understatement. I am so impressed by my school, its track record, and the amazing educators I work with. Now it's 2014 and I actually CHOSE a charter this time around.
When I was first job hunting I actually had the same fears as you. (I'm not sure why, but I know it was partially from reading anti charter sentiments on this forum). Would charter experience "look bad"? Now I don't care. If I ever do switch to public (which, at this point, seems unlikely) I don't think I would want to work for a district that sees my experience as "invalid" anyway.
Personally, I can't imagine choosing subbing rather than teaching at a charter. I would have a hard time working in a state where subbing in public was actually viewed as more valid experience than actual full time classroom teaching in a charter, private, or any other type of school.
BUT...to answer your question, OP, this is regional. The Ohio answer must be a lot different from my California answer, or you wouldn't be asking this question.
ETA: I realize that many on these boards and out there in the great beyond have had terrible experiences in charter schools. I've also heard of people having terrible experiences in public schools. So...it's not always so black and white.