Finding Middle Ground

(Note: In this post, Kim Burningham speaks in his own behalf. The point of view expressed in this post does not necessarily represent any organization of which he is a part. The concepts of this post were delivered by Burningham in his final comments at the end of 16 years as a member of the State Board of Education.) We live in a world of division. Locally, nationally, and internationally, people advocate so strongly for various extreme positions they are unable to see the merits of consensus-building with other opposing arguments. I…

A charter school saved my autistic son from a life of mediocrity

It’s not all that uncommon to see somewhat unhinged attacked on charter schools as a waste of tax dollars, privatizing public education, or a stealth way to enact vouchers. Those kinds of accusations never held weight with me before. Now that I have a child in a charter school, it’s much more personal. Quite frankly, the public school system as it currently stands would have pushed him into a life a mediocrity. I have two autistic children, one of whom started kindergarten this year. He was in the early intervention program…