[ProgressiveEd] District School Governance Today, Charter School Governance Tomorrow

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Mon, 05 May 2003 20:16:46 +0000

Thanks to all of you who have spoken out on the importance of a public voice in 
school governance.  For the moment, decisions about NYC public school 
governance reform rest with the State Legislature and the courts. 
As New York City starts to catch up with the rest of the country in chartering 
schools, the issue of public input into school governance will take on a new 
and more urgent dimension.  Charter schools have become the latest attempt 
to "reform" K-12 education. The Chancellor has spoken openly about his desire 
to charter new schools.  The NYC Department of Education has the authority to 
charter schools on its own initiative.  If we do not affirm a public role in 
district school governance today, we will face even greater obstacle in 
affirming a public role in charter school governance tomorrow. 
Best wishes.   
Carolyn Prager
Advocates for Public
Representation in Public Education