Why We are Not a Charter School

by Russ Gregg, Head of School

Often I hear people mistake Hope Academy for a charter school. Hope is not a charter school for good reason.

Charter schools are merely another variety of public school. They receive all their funding from the government and are subject to most of the same rules and restrictions of government schools.

Not surprisingly, research has shown that charter schools, in general, perform the same or slightly worse than their larger, public school counterparts.

For inner-city students, that means more catastrophic failure. It’s like reshuffling the same hand of cards—different order, similar results.

Inner-city children cannot afford more educational failure dressed up in a new disguise. They need a radically different approach that only an independent school can provide: one that is free to teach the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

Our laws currently prohibit devoting public funds to supporting faith-based schools. MN Statute 124D.10 Sub. 8 (c) says, “A charter school must be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations.”

It’s only fair that he who takes the king’s coin is the king’s man. Today, secular humanism is king in our society and our public schools. This has contributed to a downward spiral of disrespect and defiance of authority in schools that has made many students virtually unteachable.

In contrast, the Bible teaches us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Respect and honor of God is the foundation for all learning. That’s why I never grow tired of declaring, “The hope of Hope Academy is God.”

Our country’s greatness does not spring from our government’s benevolence, but from a citizenry that values liberty, initiative and enterprise. One liberty many desire, even those considered ‘poor’, is to educate their kids in the ways of God.

The Trustees of Hope Academy believe this liberty is more necessary than ever today in light of the growth of a contrary philosophy based on government paternalism.

Affirming our independence and resisting subsidization of our affairs by the Federal government, we acknowledge that failure is a possibility.

However, the Trustees place their trust in God and in the dedication and generosity of friends who share their vision.

With God’s help and your continuing efforts, we are confident that we can continue to provide inner-city young men and women with “a remarkable, God-centered education.”