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Friday Catchall: Charter schools, ironies in the New Year

The Friday Catchall:

CHARTER SCHOOLS – Not all schools are created equal, and that is especially true for charter schools.

For the past few days you have been reading our series about the state’s charter schools. Some once called the movement a fad; no, it’s been around since 1994 and is still going strong. Others decry the difference in policy and funding for charters, compared to districts.

However, both are public, but are treated differently by the state. When it comes to standards, certification and money, I get it and pray the state and the schools’ respective associations can work out their “differences.”

My personal contention is that not all schools are equal. When we came here in the mid-’90s my daughter was one of the first students at Franklin Phonetic in Prescott Valley. It was great; unfortunately, we had to move her because of the distance to get her there.

The next one was in Prescott (Painted Pony, which no longer exists). It was a magnet for kids who didn’t fit into the district system (to put it politely) – something we did not know. We literally had to move our daughter to keep her from falling behind.

From there she attended Granite Mountain and Prescott High. We loved Prescott Unified, and Franklin did a great job too.

Good thing we have open enrollment. (That’s a column for a different day.)

Let me know if you have experienced similar (or different) results. I would like to share your observations with our readers; email

IRONIC – A look at headlines Thursday had me chuckling.

  • “Virginia Republican’s lucky win solidifies GOP House control.” For all that Republicans have done, control comes down to drawing the winner’s name from a bowl.
  • “Windsor official backs homeless crackdown for royal wedding.” Why wouldn’t they do something about homelessness (to help the homeless) anyway? It takes a wedding?
  • “Sessions ending federal policy that let legal pot flourish.” All I can say is it’s about


  • “Winter storm scatters sleet, ice and misery around the South.” This one cracks me up, only because I have been living this for 27 years. In late 1990, I moved from Denver to Lake Havasu City. I would call family to tell them how hot it was in Arizona, while they were freezing. The same conversation happened this week – with Dad in Washington, D.C.

“Be thankful you are not in Omaha, Nebraska,” I told him, “they had a high recently of minus one and a low of

minus 19.”

(Is weather really a dominating conversation topic as we grow older? Maybe exceeded only by personal health news?!)

QUOTE – “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin

PICK OF THE WEEK – (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free): “The Wizard of Oz” film, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Elks Theatre, 117 E Gurley St. 928-777-1370 or

It just makes me smile!

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior editor at the Courier and Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2032, or

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