School of Choice. School of Accountability?

SchoolIf you are involved in today’s education of our youth, you are well aware that in order to obtain any type of funding, your scholastic results should measurable and must show improvement. Significant media attention has been dedicated to our educational systems and how they perform in comparison to already set government standards. How does such affect our children, their education and the institutions they attend?

When I attended grade school, my “choice” was the public school in the district in which I resided. Others were privileged enough to attend private schools. Today’s educational framework allows parents and students to select their “school of choice.” Depending on the state, these options may vary. Parents and students are being given more options when it comes to getting a better education. From charter schools, magnet schools and home schooling, here are just a few of the explanations of a “school of choice”

• If there are multiple schools in a district, the student is not obligate to attend one based on geographical assignment. Instead, the student can choose to attend any of the schools within the district.
• Students may choose to attend school online.
• State governments may provide vouchers so students can attend private schools
• Charter schools are public schools which operate with freedom from many of the local and state regulations that apply to traditional public schools. Charter schools are sponsored by local, state, or other organizations that monitor their quality while holding them accountable for academic results and responsible fiscal practices.

The idea of “school of choice” evolved to force improvement. Similar to a free market, having a choice creates situations where the best will survive, and those with a lackluster performance will not. When all is said and done, are “schools of choice” improving educational outcomes for our children? Consider this article regarding Charter Schools in the State of Ohio. The creation of additional educational opportunities has resulted in limited resources and stricter budgets due to restricted funding.

Before the evolution of “school of choice”, a district may have had $10,000,000 to support Local School A. Charter schools opening in the same district results in a decrease in the student population at Local School A. However, funding has not increased and the amount is now dispersed across a number of institutions.

As a result, educational institutions must now become more transparent and budget friendly in order to remain competitive for funding. This also directly impacts nonprofit organizations involved in any aspect of our educational system, including afterschool programs. It is the responsibility of these organizations to hold “schools of choice” accountable to their funding obligations and ensure transparency. WVC RubixCloud can be your after school program or educational nonprofit’s game changer when it comes to funding clarity. To find out more about how our innovative technology can positively impact your nonprofit finances, check out our Prezi presentation.



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