People are going to be surprised when charter schools fail for the same reasons regular public schools do. Case and point? One of the most successful charter schools in Orleans can't get the district to fix their roof. And the rains are just tearing the building up. The most telling quotes come from the RSD officials. One quote saying this may have been a problem before the RSD took over.
Well, Jack, that was 4 years ago. And I don't think anyone gives a f*** whose fault it was for getting that way, but it is now your fault the thing ain't been fixed. You weren't hired to repeat the mistakes of the old OPSB, you were hired to fix them. I'm sure this isn't the first you're hearing about it.
The next quote saying they have little money and many needs. Well no shit, Sherlock. It took you this long to figure that out? Riddle me this, if you buy all those new textbooks and FOSS systems and Promethian interactive projector screens, and you leave them all out in the f****** rain, what happens?
And that it will take six months with students in the buiding to get things patched is ridiculous. You couldn't have this done in the summer, when kids weren't around? Nooo, wait till schools in so the kids can concentrate while listening to the soothing sounds of powersaws and nailguns. It is like no one in that office owns a calendar.
I hope the good folks of Illinois are paying attention to this crap. The guy in charge of all this is going to be looking for a political job in your neck of the woods sooner rather than later. It would do you good to pay attention to his track record.