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As the Douglas County School Board continues to approve more charters for next school year, is there a need?
The district already has most curricular areas covered with the various charters and with limited growth forecast, are we fighting over students? Are neighborhood schools at risk of a decrease in enrollment with more charters are taking their students? Are charter schools at risk of attempting to lure students from one another? Are parents willing to risk boundary changes or school closures as their neighborhood school decreases in enrollment?
Maybe it is time for the Board to take a step back on approving more charters and wait for the impact study on charters to provide data on risks to the district. The excuse has been used that if they don't approve, a charter will go to the state for approval and lose what little control they have. I contend making any new charter jump through hoops is not bad because it buys the district time to evaluate and will get a second chance for approval once it comes back from the state.
Parents have to evaluate the risks on their school as district continues to approve charters. Parents need to voice concerns or suffer potential consequences they may not like to accept - but reality is around the corner.
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