Aug 29, 2016
Charter Schools, Educators or Tenants?
As this controversy surrounding the Innovative Arts Academy newspaper ad and mailer developed, one common denominator with several other charter schools is the landlord, Abe Atiyeh. Atiyeh has not only been the landlord, but is active in getting these charter schools approved. As taxpayers, we would like to think that these schools are educationally innovative, and providing a unique learning opportunity, not available in the public schools, which fund the charter schools within their district. It is becoming more and more apparent to this blogger that the schools are designed first and foremost as tenants, or real estate business opportunities.
Charter schools have become fashionable, as public schools are perceived as dysfunctional victims of urban poverty. School systems are now more inclined to approve charter school applications, with Harrisburg's tendency to go over the head of local school boards anyway, and grant approval.
In reality, many parents looking for a better educational option for their children, may be sending their child to an under-equipped alternative.