Charter Schools vs. Public schools

Discussion in 'General Education' started by EducateElise, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. EducateElise

    EducateElise Rookie

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    I am currently teaching at a charter school and many of the other new teachers are dying to go to a district next year as if teaching will miraculously be easier and better. I mean I admit the disorganization of my charter school is really starting to get to me. The principal is a micromanager (she doesn't even have an assistant principal. She runs EVERYTHING) So before I take the plunge and try to get on with a district in 2010-2011 can some of you public school teachers give me a heads up on what to expect???
     
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  3. gottagoodgig

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    I've taught in private schools, a charter school, and now a public school. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the public school. There are MANY more resources available to me at the public school. Support staff for instance. There are many para's, a school counselor, a psychologist, a speech/language pathologist, Title 1 teachers, a literacy coach, a GT specialist, and ELA teacher, and ELA coach, a nurse, a Spanish translator, a homeless student outreach worker, etc. etc. etc. At my charter school, we didn't have ANY of these people. Also, I do work in a Title 1 school and I'm AMAZED at the opporunities, funding, etc. for our school. We have a HUGE library, two computer labs, etc. Also, I appreciate the protection and help the union offers. At my charter school, there were NO contracts, no job security, no support staff, no salary schedules, no mentor program, etc. It would take a VERY special charter school for me to EVER considering going back. I liked some of the curriculum at the charter, but that is really the only benefit I can think of. My experience is really like night and day. I love my public school and want to retire from here (in approx. 30 years...) ;)
     

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