Word around town is that the St. Louis Public Schools may open its own charter schools.
This would be a huge change in policy given that for years the public school system has opposed the expansion of charter schools in St. Louis.
I must say that the development is confusing, but maybe in a good way. Charter Schools are operated outside of the regular public school system. By proposing its own charter schools, is the SLPS trying to distance itself from some of its own challenges?
Charter Schools need a sponsor to get a charter. They can be geographically based. Or with a certain educational emphasis. They are a little experimental in that they provide families an education option outside of the regular public schools and are an attempt at a school reform.
Not everyone is convinced that Charter Schools outperform their regular public school competitors.
Nonetheless, if this information is indeed true, that the SLPS is getting into the Charter School business, would you call this move the "If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em" strategy?