For critics of a report calling for changes to the way states fund and regulate virtual charter schools, Todd Ziebarth has a suggestion: Raise your academic performance.
“The best way to push back on this report is to improve your schools,” he said. “If you have schools that get much better results, we’re not even having this conversation about policy recommendations.”
Ziebarth is a senior vice president at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and lead author of the report, issued by three pro-charter organizations, which called out virtual charters for ” large-scale underperformance.”
Among other things, the report suggests states should limit the growth of virtual charter schools and only allow them to grow if they prove they can perform academically. And it finds virtual charters have signed up too many students who aren’t likely to succeed in a full-time online learning environment.
The pushback has come from online charter school operators and other supporters of the model, who argue they offer an important option that students choose voluntarily.
We unpack some of the report’s recommendations, and the reaction they’ve received, during the latest episode of our weekly podcast.