The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (“ACLU-NJ”) was recently contacted by an anonymous requester of public records about the open government practices of the Lady Liberty Academy Charter School (“Lady Liberty”). Since that time, the ACLU-NJ has been monitoring various requests for public documents submitted to the school and has reviewed the responses provided. I am writing to inform you that Lady Liberty has violated several provisions of the Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 42:1A-1 et seq. and the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”), N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., and appears to have taken affirmative steps to obstruct access to public information.A charter school that isn't transparent? Gee, who'd have thought?
The quote above comes from the blog "Charter School Scandals." It's an interesting read, although I'm not prepared to induce a pattern based on the postings. Still, you have to wonder why so many 'formers keep pushing charters when there is a large and growing pile of anecdotal evidence about their problems.
Again - I started my K-12 career in a charter. I do think they have their place. But as a large-scale solution to urban education woes, they leave much to be desired.