There are strict guidelines put in place for how public school buildings are constructed. These guidelines exist so that buildings are safe to be in under a variety of circumstances. For example, in the state of California, public school buildings are supposed to be constructed to meet certain guidelines that ensure that they are safe to be in during earthquakes.
However, privately owned charter schools end up being exempt from these important guidelines. This is a big deal because the government gives charter schools money. If government money is going into the construction and operation of charter schools, then why should charter schools be exempt from building guidelines?
Being exempt from the same building standards as traditional public schools opens the door to the existence of privately owned charter schools that are structurally unsound and deadly for students to be in. For example, even if charter schools prep their students for what to do during earthquakes, the students can still be in a lot of trouble if the structure around them collapses.
When hurricane Irma romped through Florida, people sought safety in well built structures such as government buildings and schools. There are 654 charter schools in Florida, yet only 3 were suitable to use as shelters because charter schools were not subjected to construction guidelines that would make them safe during hurricanes.
If public funds are going to charter schools, then it is not okay that only 3 out of 654 charter schools in the state of Florida are able to protect citizens during hurricanes.
Charter schools should be subjected to the same building codes as traditional schools. Where and how they spend their money should be made more transparent.
Many educators, parents and politicians herald charter schools as being revolutionary in the world of education. They say that traditional schools are wrought with so much corruption that true progress is not possible. Proponents of charter schools say that charter schools are good because they are testing grounds for new educational methods. This may or may not be true, but the problem about the charter schools not following building standards needs to be ironed out.