“Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time”

Concern over charter schools’ requirement for volunteer time is the headline of an article in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Here’s how it begins:

At least 170 California charter schools are violating the state Constitution by requiring parents to volunteer up to 100 hours a year if they want their kids to participate in field trips and other activities or remain enrolled in the school, according to civil rights lawyers in a report released Thursday.

The Sacramento Bee has an even more extensive article on the report.

I’m all for parent involvement, but making it a requirement is a step too far. What’s particularly concerning to me is that, notwithstanding denials of charter operators, parent “violations” of this requirement are just one more excuse to “counsel out” students that they want to move out to regular schools.

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