Public charter schools have gotten some good press out of the exposure of Merrifield's venomous anti-charter school email. This morning's Rocky Mountain News has an excellent guest editorial by Terrence Moore, the principal at Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins.
On Thursday night, Dr. Moore's school was highlighted on the 10 p.m. news. It was nice to see this hard-working group of administration, staff, students and families get recognition for their accomplishments. In their fourth year of operation, Ridgeview Classical became the number one public high school in the state (according to their SAR rating). Their 2006 SAR rating again ranked them at #1, for the second year in a row.
Additionally, Ben DeGrow has written an article for the blog, Edspresso. http://www.edspresso.com/2007/04/colorados_fight_over_public_ch.htm
I think the crux of the public discourse related to the Merrifield email is whether or not parents should have a say in their child's education. How did our society get to the point that this is even debatable? Parents can choose to make their child wear a bicycle helmet, participate in a particular sport or apply sunscreen; but not select an educational program that meets the needs of their child?