Superintendent Antwan Wilson joined KQED for a conversation regarding charters in California. He was asked to comment on the notion that charter school advocates are pushing to double the amount of charters in Oakland by 2022. Take a listen.
Points I found interesting:
- Supt. Wilson was adamant that he remains agnostic on the topic of charters
- He focused on quality of education
- Talked about wanting to launch a district-wide compact between the district and charters
- Advocated for being able to authorize charters for a shorter period of time to ensure quality is high (20:00)
- Didn’t back the goal of doubling charter schools by 2022, he said that focus needs to be on quality for children so whether the school is district-run or charter, it needs to be great (21:00)
- Discussed improving governance model needing to be more accessible to district-run schools by ensuring that the legislature in Sacramento is helping to level the playing field around expanding autonomy for district-run schools
Ultimately, I enjoyed the conversation as a whole. Personally, I am agnostic of the educational delivery system myself. I am a believer in choice and feel that it is our job to create schools that children and parents want. Our schools should be equal in quality while different in personality. Ideally, a child should gain equitable high quality academics while being able to enjoy the personality of what a school can offer (think Oakland School of the Arts for someone that loves to dance and West Oakland Middle for students that love to code).
Frankly, we have a lot of work to do. Let’s get to it.