BY: MELISSA TOMLINSON
By not having to exactly follow all of the same laws and regulations that public schools follow, a door is left wide open for mistreatment of students at the hands of the charter school systems. At the hands of these charter schools, children have suffered such abuses as being thrown in padded cells, forced to wear signs that say “CRETIN”, made to earn their desks while sitting on bare floors, and fallen victims of public shaming as they are told to wear clothing backwards and excluded from lunch tables. Documentation of students being slammed into walls, garbage cans placed on heads, and made to bark like a dog at the hands of KIPP administrators have all surfaced.
As the decision makers and corporate buddies decided that they wanted to find a way to promote charter schools, Charter School Week was born. Ironically, the dates set occur the exact same time as teacher appreciation week. In the meantime, public schools are left holding the bag, screaming, “Where is our week? When do we honor public schools?”