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Jay Cai
Professor Carpenter
English 1010
July 29, 2015
Charter Schools vs Public schools in Utah?

Charter Schools in Utah arent really talked about, yet Utah has quite a
substantial amount of Charter Schools located within the Valley, let alone the
state. Charter Schools here in Utah range from different areas of the state,
from the edge of Provo all the way up to the edge of Northern Utah. The
question isnt do we have enough Charter Schools but are they performing as
Charter schools intend? Charter Schools are hotbeds for negative comments,
Im here to explain to a lot of you why Charter schools are the future of
schools and why theyre a whole lot better than a lot of people realize.
Charter schools are all over the world, it first had appearance back in
1988 by a man named Albert Shanker, it was the first of what was thought to
be a reform of public schools, it was intended that a group of teachers would
run a school and tie a contract with the state or school board, the contract or
charter stated that to keep running, students of that school would have to
achieve goals set by the school. The first charter school in the United states
was set up in Minnesota in 1991, nearly 8 years later, Utah opens their own
charter school up; Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts in Ivins. There
are around 99 Charter schools in Utah to this day. Utah Charter schools still

follow up with the traditional style of charter schools, a contract with the
school board to keep it running, with the contract promising the same thing,
students being able to meet a certain goal set by either the school board or
the school themselves. In
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Utah, charter schools have been riding the enrollment scale like a roller
coaster, theyve had their ups and downs, but overall, comparing it to the
past, Utah had only 9 percent of all their students attend charter schools, but
just last year, our numbers shot up to a 11 percent.
Charter schools arent having a big an increase in numbers but they
are slowly climbing up, so are their scores. Summit, one of our local charter
school are ranking a high 8, on a top 30 elementary schools, their proficiency
rate is roughly 92 percent while a lot of the other schools in the top 30 list
are hovering around a 90 percentile. With the rankings of the schools stated
and only showing one charter school, it doesnt necessarily mean that all our
other charter schools are doing negatively, in fact, based on numbers from
the SAGE test in Utah, charter schools have actually started to match up with
scores of students from public schools. Kim Frank, an executive director at
Utah Charter Network isnt really affected with the scores of charter students
matching public school student scores, but instead her focus was more
aimed towards charters like NUAMES, where their scores were one of the
highest ranking, relating a lot towards Summit in ranking in 8th place to all

the other elementary schools around Utah. Charter schools are still growing,
their one of the newest systems to the education system, with that being put
in your minds, a lot of things are happening to improve these schools, which
in the case of charter schools, its a slow process to some people. Charter
schools are only 25 years old, which gives them a lot of growing room, but in
the course of only 10-20 years, the scores have managed to able to
compete against some of the public schools in Utah.

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Charter schools are slowly catching up with public schools as well, just
last year the test scores for all schools were released; showing us that 3rd
graders to 8th graders were in between the markings of 39 percent
proficiency to 48 percent proficiency, which is not bad for charter schools
trying to move up the system, considering that most public school systems.
Which charter schools dont lack much of the same numbers, based on the
charter school we speak of, most of them will float around those numbers,
give or take some percentages, for example; Our amazing Summit Academy
has the proficiency rates of 58.6 in English, 58.9 in Math, and 53.3 in science,
and throw those subjects towards the direction of Draper elementary, which
sits at a 32.4 for English, 58.9 for math, and 53.6 in science. We dont fall far
behind these public schools, considering the relative age of our charter

schools in Utah, and how these schools are still experimenting themselves
for students.
Charter schools arent only increasing via test scores but also student
size. Students come and go because of the natural belief that Charter
schools will help them, a lot of parents push their students to go charter
schools when they see the numbers on test scores go up for charter schools,
but only to pull their students out after one year. The charter schools located
in Utah dont perform by a year bases, which is another reason that a lot of
their students test scores dont add up and surpass a lot of the public
schools scores. Teachers at local charter schools arent there to improve the
students all as one entity, but to help each student to their own, to help
them personally through their own strengths and weaknesses.

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Which doesnt help increase the scores quite often, because of these
two factors, parents pushing their kids towards Charter schools for only one
year, and very interactive, personalize teachings.
Quite often a lot of reasons for the negativity towards charter schools
are because people who are uninformed or even misinformed about charter
schools actually, people realize that charter schools are schools that are
funded like public schools or they dont know they are like public schools and

tend to believe they are private schools that are funded by a business or
church. People who are informed that schools are funded by the state are
usually misinformed after this point, these misinformed people usually
believe that these schools overly funded by the state and pulled from their
own land taxes, which to some extend this is quite true, but people dont
realize is that Charter schools arent funded by anything else but the state
and school board. The land taxes that are taxed dont mostly go towards the
charter schools only what is saved from School district taxes are sent to the
charter school to fund themselves, we arent necessarily funded properly.
Now, also, a lot of people believe that charter schools should business
already, and should be find different ways of funding themselves, charter
schools are easy targets for people complaining about taxes being too high.
Now none of this is actually true, but charter schools are trying to find
other ways to fund themselves to be able to support for their students
education, but in fact, with the student-to-funds ratio, it doesnt match up,
which in many, a lot of negativity grew from this, but the fact of the matter
is, charter schools in Utah are fair and opportune like Public schools,
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its just the fact that they dont have adequate sizing for a ton of students,
and with funds being tight, and barely flowing any towards the direction of
public schools, of course theyll have to start cutting back some things,
compared to a public school, which a lot more financially stable, they follow a

curriculum of the states that has to get the class pass a certain percentage.
Charter schools on the other hand have everything on the line when it comes
to their students.
Charter schools arent always funded equally, but things are looking up
in the future for charters, based on the growth statistics of some charter
schools in proficiency levels, soon they will they start surpassing the public
schools if they keep doing as good as they are now, these schools are the
ideal views of public schools. In a simpler term; charter schools is the perfect
school with inadequate funding.

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