Do you know the impact charter schools are having on your local school district and community? How much of the $900 million being diverted from traditional public schools to charters is coming at the expense of your schools?
KnowYourCharter.com is a powerful new resource that helps you and your members answer those questions. With many Ohioans unaware of how charter schools operate and how they’re performing , we have much work to do to raise awareness of the impact of charter schools on our communities to build public pressure for meaningful reform.
THIS TOOLKIT provides you with the tools and resources you need to use KnowYourCharter.com as a tool for member organizing and political advocacy. In it, you will find:
– A user’s guide to KnowYourCharter.com
– OEA’s message on charter schools
– A guide to charter school accountability campaign activities at the local level and with your legislators
– Sample letters-to-the-editor and information on where to send them
– Sample Board of Education Resolutions
– Information on how to access additional resources
We encourage you to use any or all of the recommended strategies as a way of engaging members in your local on this vital issue. For further information, go to ohea.org or contact us at KnowYourCharter@ohea.org. Be sure to let us know what you’re doing and the impact you’re having in your community.
In dissolving locally elected school boards and disempowering local communities by stripping away the power of voters’ rights to local governance, the consequences of state takeovers have yielded devastating outcomes for local communities while demonstrating unnoticeable gains in student achievement. The report, Out of Control: The Systemic Disenfranchisement of African American and Latino Communities Through School Takeovers addresses the negative impact that state takeovers have had on communities throughout the United States. Captured in this report by the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools, is recognition that strong schools are important elements of strong communities. In this context, fully developed Community Schools, also known as Community Learning Centers is a strategy that strengthens schools and communities. Prior to the surprise state takeover amendment, the original version of House Bill 70 only dealt with establishing a community learning center model for schools. Learn more:
Out of Control: The Systemic Disenfranchisement of African American and Latino Communities Through School Takeovers
Community Schools Video Created by Students from Oakland Unified School District.
Coalition for Community Schools
Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action (National Center for Community Schools & Children’s Aid Society)
Community Schools Toolkit (Center for Popular Democracy)