Re: Dbyates on CA Charter Schools
Sun, 2 Feb 1997 09:23:35 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-02-01 16:48:30 EST, Marge wrote:

(In discussing whether or not democratic schools can be charter schools
because of requirements placed on charter schools:) "Implicit in the notions
of "outcomes" and "measurements" is testing; testing has to have a basis;
does this not almost certainly imply a "curriculum"? "

Not necessarily. The Highland School has been administering standardized
tests as a condition of their approval to operate as a legal alternative to
public schooling by the state of West Virginia. The stipulation is that they
need to score a certain minimum overall in order to be approved. Highland
uses this testing for state approval purposes only. In all other respects,
it operates as a completely democratic school which, although it was created
without knowledge of SVS, uses a very similar structure to SVS.

Marge also wrote:
" Friends who are in public education administration (and who are supportive
the SVS-model)..." Speaking as one who spent several years in public
schools as well as many years in democratic schools, this strikes me as the
real oxymoron ;) !