A parent speaks out about problems at Lighthouse Charter School

"I need to share some information with you that you don't have
because it bothers me.
"

Dear Mr. Brooks,

My son is a student at Lighthouse Charter school. He is in 7th grade and says he has fun every day. That made me happy up to now and he seemed to be learning a lot. Someone told me about Cape Cod Today and I saw your articles about the charter school.

I need to share some information with you that you don't have because it bothers me.

Mrs. Mac (McNamara) - the students call her that - was a great director at the school. Another parent at the school who is my friend, had 3 kids go thru there.

She says that Mrs. Mac was bringing standards to the school and that had never happened. Last October I think it was she sent home a letter to parents about MCAS. She explained that the school hadn't made the progress they had to in math so she was starting some special efforts to improve the math.She said the department of education required them to make more progress because they were on a kind of probation list. She had the math teachers select new math books and other things.

Parents and me think that the teachers started a union because they were afraid of her standards and that they might get thrown out if they didn't improve things.

Teachers react to MCAS

I started to hear that a group of the teachers didn't like it that Mrs. Mac was bringing standards. (rumors said that was what happened last summer with all the uproaor over a teacher she fired for mouthing off a lot.)

The teachers wanted to run things and didn't like that she was acting in charge. I thought that's what directors are supposed to do! Other parents and me think that the teachers started a union because they were afraid of her standards and that they might get thrown out if they didn't improve things.

I don't know exactly what happened next but she resigned and moved her kids to Nauset Middle. The other thing is that they've had lots of directors there. My friend said they don't last long because this group of teachers pushes them out when they get mad at the director being in charge.

Maybe charter is just too much fun and not enough learning.
(See 2010 MCAS report below.)

Moving her own kids out of charter got my attention and other parents. I might move my son over there next year.

His MCAS math wasn't as good as it had been and I'm thinking maybe charter is just too much fun and not enough learning. I want him to go to college so its important.

I can't sign this because my son would be mad if I said anything bad about charter. But you should know what's really going onthere.

Editor's Note:
The Massachusetts Department of Education's 2010 Adequate Yearly Progress report shows CCLCS with a stats of "Improvement - Year 1" for mathematics. Data shows that CCLCS failed to make AYP in math both in 2010 and 2009."

When I saw The Cape Codder on Friday and Mr. Niles saying everything is great I got mad. It's not great, and they are covering it up.

I'm glad you are looking at this.

Signed - a worried parent
(name withheld by the Editors)

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