Blog Challenge "100 posts in 100 days" Post #25
When we left public brick and mortar school, we chose Epic Charter School. Recently I have seen several news articles aimed at Epic and some of the information they shared left me with questions, so I did some research on my own.
Here's my disclaimer: I base my opinion on the experiences my family has been through with public school and now with Epic charter school. I love that we have a choice when it comes to school but I'm not blind to the fact that nothing is perfect and since online charter schools are still relatively new to the education space, I'm sure many areas have room for improvement.
That being said, here are links to a few of the news articles:
Skyrocketing student enrollment nets Epic Charter Schools nearly $39 million more in midyear adjustments to state funding for public schools
Tulsa World editorial: Time to scrutinize funding to virtual charter schools
Legislation calls for stronger oversight of virtual charter schools
This next article is probably my favorite and aligns closely with how I feel and what I think:
Student needs matter more than school delivery model
I am in full agreement that there is a need for a credible review. I hope that if an investigation takes place, the report itself focuses on improving education without losing the innovative advances achieved in the virtual school space.
We decided to transfer to Epic because we were unhappy with our public school experience. I could go into more detail, but I think the critical thing to remember is that the fact that so many are transferring to charter schools tells a story. The numbers say that having an alternative to brick and mortar school is needed.