Enters video in contest to set record straight on charter schools
St. Louis College Prep has joined charter schools from across the country in expressing frustration over a recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight during which host John Oliver leveled an unfair and unbalanced tirade against charter schools.
In response to the show, St. Louis College Prephas entered a 3-minute video in the Center for Education Reform’s “Hey John Oliver! Back Off My Charter School!” video contest.
The video features scholars and staff at St. Louis College Prep staff talking about why school choice is important.
The scholars expressed how St. Louis College Prep has been better for them than city schools and focused on the care and concern shown by staff.
“The teachers really care about how we feel and how we learn,” said 9th grader Ben Byas.
“We are a family and we are here to support everybody throughout the ups and downs,” agreed 9th grader Skyi April.
Tenth-grader Dionte Claeys said her experience was that city school teachers, in contrast, did not “teach like they should.”
“They don’t push you hard enough, they don’t give you enough help,” she said. “They just let everyone do what they want.”
Staff members mentioned how engaged their coworkers were with school, highlighting the freedom provided through the charter school system.
“We receive less money than traditional public schools,” said Executive Director Mike Malone, “and yet we are able to meet or exceed the academic progress those school are achieving.“
The Center for Educational reform will pick one winning video in the contest, awarding the charter school that submitted it a one-time $100,000 prize. The wining video is expected to be chosen by the end of October.