One of the hallmarks of charter schools is that they're the most accountable of all public schools. If they aren't succeeding for students, parents will take their children elsewhere. If they aren't meeting their academic and financial goals, they have to answer to their authorizer. So, what does "accountability" mean in the charter school world? How do parents, teachers and authorizers feel about such things as standardized tests and data? And most of all, how do you define "success"? Our hosts have a no-holds-barred discussion from all sides.
Bernita Bradley of Detroit, the Parent Voice Director of the National Parent Union.
Kayla Campbell, elementary educator and literacy specialist at Creative Technologies Academy, a charter school in Cedar Springs.
Julie Bucholtz, Academic Assessment Specialist at the Lake Superior State University Charter Schools office in Sault Ste. Marie.
Dan Quisenberry, President of the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA).