Stan Maynard, a member of the West Virginia Board of Education, made a keen observation last week at a board-approved meeting of a law permitting online-only charter schools.

He argued that education leaders and Governor Jim Justice used the argument that online education was inadequate in January, when the pandemic was still rampant, and how schools resumed face-to-face learning. I pointed out if I requested it. So, of course, it seemed counterintuitive to authorize a charter school that lacks the same accountability as a public school, completely online.

“I opened Pandora’s box and I’m worried that someone could get through,” he said.

This is Pretzel Logic, much like Republicans mocking COVID-19 precautions during the session, but using the threat of the virus as an excuse to check the long-standing wishlist items for the general public. Lock out — in a charter school.

Maynard wasn’t so worried that he would vote against the policy change. This has increased the number of in-store charter schools in the state, established non-elected committees, and approved charters to bypass the authority of local boards of education. .. Debra Sullivan was the only director to vote against.

Still, the good points are the good points. Pandora’s box is open. Many Republicans wanted public funding for private charters, with a nasty bonus of sticking to a union representing teachers in public schools. They got it.

What did they really win? According to a survey, children in the state, which is the third most populous country in the country and has the largest population decline in the last decade, are poorly educated.

In last year’s column, Mark Berends, a professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, said when children moved from public schools to online charters in Indiana, “these children’s performance fell like a ton of bricks. I will. “

Berends has created a peer-reviewed survey of online charter schools in Indiana. According to this survey, the ratio of students to teachers was about 100: 1.

The Stanford University Center for Education and Research also discovered that online charters did not perform well in the study, and Center Director Margaret E. Raymond told the Washington Post: Throughout the year. “

According to yet another study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Ohio online charter students performed lower than public school students and did not perform well on standardized tests.

Again, the latest and greatest evidence is that West Virginia leaders (such as Justice and State School Director Clayton Birch) went to school throughout the state in January due to a failed online learning experience. I said I had to go back to.

But is an unrestricted, unchecked online charter clearly good for state children now? Some of these people probably need chiropractors after all of their distortions.