Thought of the Day: Charter Schools… operate free from the traditional bureaucratic and regulatory red tape that hog-ties public schools.

Charter schools are independent public schools, designed and operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, and others. They are sponsored in California by school districts and county boards of education that monitor their quality and integrity but allow them to operate free from the traditional bureaucratic and regulatory red tape that hog-ties public schools. Freed from such micro management, charter schools design and deliver programs tailored to educational excellence and community needs. – Kimberly B. Born, California Department of Education

Every so often, buried in a bureaucratic manual, that only legal nerds like me read (because I want to make sure that I don’t get in trouble for doing innovative good things…), there is a gem of a statement.   So when I was reading the Work Experience Education (WEE) Guide recently, I had to laugh out loud when I read the following paragraph.  I laughed, not because I don’t think what it says is basically true, but that usually things written by CDE are in legalese and are written to be very politically correct.  So to see something like this in an official manual, that got past the de facto censors, is something that is quite amusing to me.

As a disclaimer, I should note that I attribute this quote to Kimberly B. Born, because that is whose name is in the Word Documents property field for being the author of the document…  It is quite possible that Kimberly was the editor of the document, and that someone else wrote that bit, and possibly she didn’t notice it 🙂

P.S. – I also learned that you should never search for “hogtied” on Google Images, without having Safe Search on!!!  And even with Safe Search, some of the images are fairly disturbing.

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