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Some education activists argue charter schools are the best way to reform the education system. They provide parents with innovative alternatives that might better suit a child's needs while remaining accountable to educational standards. Critics argue that charter schools are unaccountable and undermine the public school system. What do you think? Vote now. 📖

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Charter schools are created with the intention of providing an alternative for children the educational system has failed. Students come from all kinds of backgrounds and it's impossible for any single model to fulfill everyone's needs. Charter schools allow for a tailored learning experience and create incentives for school districts to reform themselves. Most importantly, they give parents choices for their child's education. 

Contrary to the national stereotype of charter schools, I-LEAD doesn't cherry-pick high-performing students from other schools so we can show amazing test scores. We serve high-risk students who were deemed too difficult or too far behind their peers to stay in the public schools.
They come to us because they have nowhere else to go. The system has failed them and we're their only hope.
Education is the strongest force in any community. It has the potential to level the playing field and erase class divisions. Unfortunately, rhetoric drives politics, and the powerful too often lose sight of the most valuable thing here: the students.
Every student in this country has the right to a good education.
We owe them a chance to learn in a safe environment, no matter their financial resources, their ethnic background or their past educational performance. 
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With districts beset by collective-bargaining agreements, organized special interests, and state requirements, choice and competition remain the main levers of reform. Vouchers and tax credits are slowly broadening their legal footing. Charter schools are growing in number, improving in quality, and beginning to pose genuine competition to public schools—especially within big cities. Introducing such competition is the best hope for American schools, because today’s public schools show little capacity to improve on their own.
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Unscrupulous charter schools are taking advantage of the education system for profit while providing a disservice to children. Charter schools often lack accountability and raise their testing scores through unsavory practices that tend to discriminate against black and disabled students. 

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In a classroom setting, this translates into a belief that the smallest infractions, such as passing a note during class, is to be met with an immediate consequence. Depending on the offense, that can escalate from being asked to stand up for the rest of the class to being sent home on an "out-of-school suspension." Schools such as the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), Success Academy, and Uncommon Schools, among others, use various parts of "no excuses" ideology.
"If you don't tuck in your shirt, if you space out for a minute and don't track your teacher with your eyes, if your binder is messy, you lose points," one former KIPP student told me in 2014 of his middle school experience.
"If you lose enough points, you are not allowed to go on field trips or be a part of graduation ceremony. My homeroom teacher was really young and didn't know how to control the classroom. She kicked me out a lot and I was sent home a lot. Some of us called it the Kids in the Public Prison Program," he said.
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Despite the drawbacks, many people are convinced that charter schools are the solution to education reform. 

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Others remain skeptical that charter schools are actually an improvement on public schools. 

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Are charter schools actually bad for students?
A festive crown for the winner
#CharterSchoolsHurt
#GiveParentsChoices