Former superintendents oppose charter schools curriculum

Posted on July 23, 2007 | Type: In the News
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Three of the states former education chiefs want Tom Horne and the Arizona Department of Education to stop telling charter schools what to teach and when to teach it.

Horne, the states current superintendent of public instruction and the education department are requiring all charter schools to conform their core curriculum to match the states public schools. For instance, Horne and the state board of education want charter schools to teach U.S. History in seventh or eighth grade.

The Goldwater Institute filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against Horne and ADE seeking an injunction to block Horne from requiring specific courses to be taught in a pre-determined order.

Dianne Bishop, Jaime Molera, and Lisa Graham Keegan, three former state superintendents, filed legal paperwork on Monday supporting the Goldwater Institutes lawsuit against Horne and the education department.

Created by the Legislature in 1994, charter schools are public schools that are privately operated. They were meant to be independent and provide parents with an alternative to school districts. Charters and districts are both required to align their curriculum to the same state academic standards.

Charter school administrators, however, say they dont want to state telling them at what grade level to teach courses to meet those standards.

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