So, this is a purely hypothetical question. I currently live in Kentucky, where there are no charter schools and there probably never will be. There has been a bill before the state house at least a dozen times over the years and it has always been struck down.
However, DH and I have talked off and on for years about moving back to either Michigan (where I grew up) or Wisconsin (where he grew up). Given the (at least) annual layoffs going on at the company DH works for, odds are we're going to move sooner or later. I think the question is just whether or not we'll get to choose the timing.
All the areas we'd consider living in are home to at least a handful of charters, so I'm curious about them. I think I understand how charters work, but I'm curious to know why people choose them (or don't choose them) over traditional public schools.
If your child is at a charter, why did you choose it?
Is there any one thing that you think sets charters apart, or are they so varied that it just depends on the school?
How can you tell if a charter is a good school, particularly if it's fairly new?
Particularly if you live in a well regarded district but send your child to a charter school, why did you decide that was the better choice?
Do you feel kids miss out on anything at a charter that they would get at a traditional public school?
Feel free to share any other thoughts regarding charters.
Remember, this is a purely hypothetical question. If we end up staying in Kentucky, I will likely never have the opportunity to consider a charter school. If we move, I might. I'm just curious about them.