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Incorporating Charter Schools into Public Schools: My Experience at a Charter School Appeal Hearing

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

I have never taken into consideration the overall well-being of the public’s mission of educating young adults and children for the child’s well-being and the future sustainability of society as a whole. I have always been accountable for my actions and the education I needed to not only pass class and graduate but retain what I thought to be essential information I would need for my skill-set development as I journey through life. I was fortunate to live through a healthy educational experience and to be in an environment where my peers did not scrutinize me for being an engaged student.

I have grown to become aware that adults, mostly parents, are following the decisions, and elections, of their local, state, and federal education system. With this growing awareness being introduced to me, I have become more aware of my current views of public or private education for a young adult, which I will share; on a rare occasion. My ideal mindset for any child is to know that in the county of the United States of America, at this time, if not the best system, you have a chance to pursue a purpose and reshape a so-called legacy, and reality for yourself and others.

Other than physical force, with Grace, nothing should stop you from pursuing the goals you have set for yourself, or what was given to you as a vision. All purposes must not bring harm to your neighbors, or to your neighbor’s pursuits, as consistent, and best as possible, honorable, and transparent, communication with your neighbor is essential. At some point, you want to get to a point of having informal conversations with your neighbors as the formal was taken care of during the initial meetings.

This is the initial mindset of the education process I was recently introduced to. This education process I have been introduced to not only includes public education overall but to the growing idea of charter schools complementing the public school system at this time. I attended a recent public hearing between a public school system and a proposed charter school. I learned not only about the presentation process, but the essential details a presentation must cover when discussing developing a charter school with an education board.

There are a lot of success opportunities in incorporating a charter school, but there are some challenges that stand out in the eyes of some residents. A perspective from local residents could be seen as out-of-state companies coming into their local area with an attitude of lack of faith in local teachers. Another wrinkle is black and brown communities requesting more diverse education of history and personal development for a child. Respectfully, it has been agreed that children are falling through the cracks of the current school system and need something different.

Another area that plays a huge role in public education is state proficiency and the standards counties, and municipalities must reach to maintain proficiency. Charter schools, as well as current public schools, must have a detailed health and safety plan and a professional development plan that meets the school board's expectations. A larger message this particular charter school wanted to deliver was “learning is challenging but the challenges are good for you. It’s okay. We challenge our students to know themselves.” This Charter school mentioned when it comes to a child’s development, ‘Wonder is the beginning.

In either case, students must be able to read, write, speak, calculate, and reason. There must be learned and virtuous teachers and staff, and parents must be the primary educators. Personally, I would like to see more diverse education of philosophers, countries, and cultures even if as an elective class.

What are your thoughts on public education, and the charter school system? What questions do you have after reading this article? What have you taken from this article?

Lord Danavan Hylton is a relationship manager and business adviser. Danavan is the CEO of Hylton Elite Marketing Agency, a Nashville-based sales, and marketing firm that provides community relations and business development outsourcing in urban areas of Tennessee for private and public sector brands. Danavan’s work has led him to create an advisory service that provides insight, access, and resources into urban areas for business, government, and community leaders. Advising work: l Business website:

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