I recently received an email blast written by Dr. Rock, Superintendent of Schools, from Clarkston Community Schools (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Michigan's Legislators this week are engaged in hearings related to the possible expansion of charter schools in Michigan. I am of the opinion that the expansion of charter schools is bad for the students of Clarkston and the Clarkston community. My reasoning is that the expansion of charter schools diminishes the quality of public schools in general. Charter schools do not follow the same rules and regulations as public school districts. Their teachers are not held to the same standards as the teachers in Clarkston. They do not provide the same level of education as Clarkston. They do not have locally elected boards of education who connect with the community and make decisions in the best interest of children. They are often designed and operated as for-profit entities.
Here is a link to a paper that provides additional information: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B3AibfSN0ZSXMzFkMGI4ZDAtMzA4My00YWQ0LWEzY2ItODMzODMzNzZlNDZm&hl=en
I respect your opinions on this and all issues. I invite you to share your opinion with your State Representative and Senator.
Thank you for your time,
Rod Rock, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
It appears Dr. Rock is utilizing taxpayer funded equipment & time to advance his personal agenda relative to Charter schools. To utilize this taxpayer funded informational email tool to promote a one-sided agenda is not an open-minded approach to fixing our ailing school system. Where is the voice for taxpayers that believe in school choice via a voucher system or charter school?
In my response to Dr. Rock I explained my position that choice promotes competition and that competition promotes excellence. Dr. Rock's response: 'I don't believe that the competition model fits with schools.'
We have serious educational testing shortfalls relative to other countries; we have to compete.
Dr. Rock's position to continue to protect a public school only option is no longer realistic. I would encourage Dr. Rock and all citizens to keep an open mind to other forms of education. After all, our goal is to enable our children to compete.