MOUNT VERNON — Charter schools were a topic of discussion Thursday at the Knox County Educational Service Center board meeting.
President Richard McLarnan said he does not like the direction the state Legislature is apparently taking with regard to school funding. He said public schools, including the ESC, have had major funding cuts while charter [for profit] schools have been getting increased funding. Also, he said, charter schools are not held to the same standard of academic achievement as public schools. The majority of the state’s charter schools are failing, said McLarnan. They close because of that failure, then simply reopen under another name, with no changes in ownership or administration.
The board also talked about the new teacher evaluation system and student learning objectives. The ESC, Superintendent Timm Mackley said, has taken a lead in helping area school districts develop student learning objectives in required subjects as well as the associated assessments.
Other than an executive session to discuss personnel, the rest of the meeting was largely routine.
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