Charter vs Public
Posted by aphillieteacher on January 3, 2010
Tomorrow I start a new job in a different building. For anyone new to my blog, I’ve been transferred from a middle school Language Arts/Social Studies position to an all English high school assignment.
My last position was . . . let’s call it challenging. Those 7th graders were some of the toughest people I ever met — and I speak from personal experience that includes helping felons earn their GEDs.
So . . . tomorrow a whole new slate. But with a twist: last Wednesday I interviewed at a charter school. It felt so . . deceitful, like cheating on a marriage, to be interviewing at another school and very seriously considering whether I will work there.
Here are the pros and cons as I see them:
- pretty decent salary
- almost guaranteed employment since turnover is so great
- some kind of union representation
- chaotic administration
- benchmark testing every 6 weeks with mandated “reteaching” every 5 weeks prior to the test
- scripted curriculum and methods
- students who range from heartbreaking angels to devils on earth (IEPs? nope. Not enough counselors for classification)
- no classroom resources beyond what the teacher supplies him/herself
- smaller class size
- supposedly better motivated, better behaved students
- parental buy-in
- classroom resources vary from school to school
- smaller, streamlined administration, due to fact that charters may not have more than 600 students
- no union
- less money
Driving time is about the same in both cases.
I’d love to know your thoughts. Am I leaving something out of these lists?