Are charter schools worth pursuing?

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Greg Peck
April 12, 2013

The Janesville School District is pushing innovative education in two new programs dubbed STEM and STEAM (I know, more obscure acronyms; but stay with me here). STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Those would be the focuses at Franklin Middle School if the district lands a three-year state startup grant. STEAM adds arts—mainly communication arts—to the equation. Those studies would be priorities if the state approves the district’s new charter school called Rock University High School to open at UW-Rock County in the fall of 2014.

Critics point to lagging test scores in math and other core subjects and argue that the district should upgrade academic rigor for all students rather than be distracted by charter schools that they believe drain resources from regular classrooms.

Are those criticisms fair? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Saturday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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