There has been some question as to whether the Ross Valley Charter is truly a public school. What makes a school a public school? Good question. Does the charter take California tax dollars? YES, the per-student ADA. So the charter gets public money. What else makes itpublic? Consider if the answers to these questions describe a public or private school:
· Is RVC’s school board elected? NO.
· Are the teachers or employees of RVC Public employees? NO
· Can the charter expel kids? YES
· Can the charter fire employees without due process? YES
· Does the charter have to follow conflict of interest laws that apply to public institutions? NO
· Can parents, teachers and board members loan RVC money with interest? YES
· Can the business of the charter - referred to repeatedly by RVC leadership as “the company” - be run by private or for-profit companies? YES (Click here for the website of the company the charter is using to run their back office operations)
· Does RVC's law firm consider charters public? NO - click here to read more
We are not alone in this claim. To learn more, check out the following recent statements by the experts:
Click here to read our new blog about the NAACP’s call for a strengthened moratorium on charter schools.
Click here to learn why National Labor Relations Board decides charter schools are private corporations, not public schools
Click here to read the full position statement on charter schools from the Network for Public Education: "By definition, a charter school is not a public school. Charter schools are formed when a private organization contracts with a government authorizer to open and run a school. Charters are managed by private boards, often with no connection to the community they serve. The boards of many leading charter chains are populated by billionaires who often live far away from the schools they govern.”
Click here to read the full National Education Association's Policy Statement on Charter Schools: "The growth of separate and unequal systems of charter schools that are not subject to the same basic safeguards and standards that apply to public schools threatens our students and our public education system. The purpose of this policy statement is to make plain NEA’s opposition to the failed experiment of largely unaccountable privately managed charter schools while clarifying NEA’s continued support for those public charter schools that are authorized and held accountable by local democratically elected school boards or their equivalent.”
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