Tucson area parents discuss traditional vs. charter schools – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2021-10-18 14:56:47 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —This is one of the biggest decisions parents can make. In other words, where to send your child to school.

In Arizona, parents often choose between traditional public schools and charter schools. Both are public schools funded by taxpayers. You cannot claim entrance exams or tuition fees.

However, charter schools are run by private groups rather than school districts.

They have made a big mark in the state since Arizona law began to allow charter schools in 1994. According to the Arizona Ministry of Education, one in five (18.6%) students in public schools in Arizona participate in charters, the highest percentage in the country.

Charter school supporters say they can break bureaucracy and create a more streamlined learning environment. However, critics argue that charter operators can focus too much on profits and schools need more oversight.

Charters have criteria set by the steering committee and checked by sponsors, while district schools have elected boards of education.

Rizet Roundtree’s son attends Tucson High School, a traditional public school. However, her two daughters transferred to Compass High School, one of 35 charter high schools in Pima County.

“This school has been blessed,” Roundtree said of the compass. “Charter, for me, if I can start over, all the kids will start here in the second year of middle school.

“For me, everything you have in a traditional school is smaller and safer.”

According to Roundtree, the eldest daughter with high-functioning autism felt lost on the large campus of Tucson High, but by paying direct attention to the compass, she grew up and became a mentor in the school’s cooking program. I was able to find.

Roundtree describes the compass curriculum and programs “at their own pace.”

“All our children are different,” she said. “They all learn differently, and this was the best place for them … traditionally [schools], They can’t accept everything. On charters, they have a little more room to accept the children and actually guide them. “

Charters are exempt from some traditional school regulations. For example, traditional schools require hiring certified teachers, but charters do not.

Roundtree says it didn’t matter to her.

“If my daughters didn’t feel they had a quality education, I would have stopped them right away,” she said. “But I was in the classroom, I talked to the teacher, I know about their background. They are all open books. They know what they study and where they study. Talk to you. They are qualified. “

However, other parents say it is important to be a certified teacher (a teacher with a degree in education).

Britte Stumm was a full-time teacher at the Marana Unified School District. Now she is a parent and substitute teacher there.

“Because we know how to deal with a group of 25 children, it’s not something that everyone can just come in and do,” she said. “So it’s very important to get a degree in education, and I think that gaining that experience can make or destroy your school.”

Roundtree’s experience as a parent at Tucson High School suggests that teachers are “overworked and low-paying,” and large schools have no choice but to treat students as “numbers” or “statistics.”

However, Stumm says in her experience that the Marana Unified School District was able to address the unique challenges of the students.

“We serve all our children,” Stumm said. “We are educating everyone in the community. We know that education is not a universal scenario. We are different for the different kinds of things our children need. I have a program and it makes everyone successful. “

Stumm says that traditional schools prepare students better for the combination of people they meet when they grow up.

“Someday my kids will go out and work in the labor force,” she said. “And it will not be with a particular group of children. It will be with the community in which we live.”

The Catalina Foothills Unified School District has become the perfect home for Cessna Klein Moedig, the parent who is now the president of Canyon View Elementary School’s family faculty organization.

“It was a new adventure for us when we moved here from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to school,” she said. “But the school was small enough to make me feel like I was still at home in the small Netherlands, but it was also a large and huge thing happening and things.”

Both she and Stumm say they are surprised that the district’s generous teachers volunteer to provide time and money to improve the school beyond what the budget allows.

“We can see how much the faculty and staff are giving back,” said Kleinmoedig. “And if they give me so much, I want to give back too much.”

Kleinmoedig says he is discussing with school staff about establishing more diversity celebrations. Those conversations led to the recognition of Black History Month earlier this year.

In assessing the overall environment of Canyon View, Klein Moedig said, “Here we feel that we are focusing on the whole child, not just the scholars.”

What all three parents have in common is that they love school choices. Because there is a strong sense of community there.

“Not all children grow up the same in different environments,” Roundtree said. “Here? They find the one that suits your child.”

“No matter where the school is, we need to have supporters in the building,” says Stumm.


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