Thursday, April 16, 2009

Letter to Gov. Strickland, Charter Schools

Well, to send an email to Governor Strickland, one must plough through the State of Ohio website, then fill out a form, then "submit" the email. When finished, you have no record of sending the email. I find this appalling that there is no email address for the Governor to send from your personal email. Anyway, I wanted to copy the Governor on the email regarding charter schools. It was sent to every Ohio Senator and Ohio Representative (excluding Teresa Fedor - her only concern is the Teacher's Union). Did anyone else catch the report on MSNBC about Charter Schools... Ohio was referenced along with Governor Strickland's intention to cut spending for students of Charter Schools. We hit the national news again.

This is the email sent to the Governor:

Dear Gov. Strickland,

The following email was sent to every State Senator and State Representative excluding Senator Fedor as I know she opposes Charter Schools in any format. I am beginning to believe you, as Governor, are more concerned with protecting the teacher's union that advancing the education of our children. I would be amazed if you ever visited a Charter School. By the way, you met our Grandson by chance at McDonalds in Maumee, OH. He also was stuck in the ruling of no free weather days and wrote you a letter about it. I was disappointed at the reply, it was a canned "no answer" reply, he deserved better. Here is the email I sent:

I don't understand the thought process on Charter Schools by Governor Strickland who professes to be concerned with the education of our children. Why is a child who attends a charter school worth less to the state than a child in a public school? Or is the funding a way to destroy charter schools and end the threat of competition to public school systems within the state. President Obama recognizes this is the only hope we have of improving our schools systems, if the charter schools are squelched and choice is removed from parents essentially forcing placement in substandard public schools, we will continue on the road to complacency. A child in a charter school does not take one cent from public schools, rather the money follows the child. This is disgraceful.

I speak from experience which was bitter and painful as I watched our bright, delightful grandchild tormented and abused in first and second grade in public school and no one cared. He has blossomed, grown and flourished in the Charter School program. The teachers and administrators respond to concerns by listening and with caring. They offer suggestions and accept recommendations leaving behind the hidden agenda of protecting the school system and not the child.

I ask again, why is this child worth less (or shall we say "worthless) to the State of Ohio because he attends a charter school. Protect the choice of school selection and equalize the funding for charter schools.

I'm very displeased

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