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The Uncertain Future Of Charter School Proliferation


I am interested on more information regarding the Boston schools. I seemed to read from the above that it is largely positive. What accounts for this (since private funding doesn't seem to be the issue?) in the Boston context?

It's time to call the question on whether charter schools are "educational laboratories" or whether they are to become a full-fledged alternative publicly funded educational system. The "Charters 2.0: announcement by Rocketship today makes it abundantly clear that this CMO, its investors and its supporters believe the mission is to *replace* traditional neighborhood schools and to do as rapidly and on as wide a scale as possible. Who decides? Incubators or hostile takeovers?

Another really insightful analysis. Your recommendation - "What’s truly needed is for charter schools to aggressively pursue their role as “educational laboratories” – accepting high-needs students, and trying new and innovative ways to help them succeed" - is really in the spirit of what Albert Shanker originally advocated for (probably not a coincidence, huh? ;) ). But, your plea for both "sides" to come around seems surprisingly naive. Most educators and communities would support this original idea of charters. What charter proponents and opponents both know too well is that this goal is not what charter proponents (at least those funding charters) are after. The big charter pushers want to undermine public education. In fact, many have come out and said as much. Others might not say it directly, but their actions say as much. The kind of laboratory school (run by educators and community, not private companies) is a worth idea, but that is no longer what the term 'charter' means. That term has most decidedly been co-opted. (And, calling them "innovation" or "choice" schools, as groups like ALEC have done, does not restore the original meaning either).

charters have become--are--trojan horses for the de-funding and sabotage of public education. period.

By ignoring (for whatever reason) the success of charters in New Orleans with 71% of the student population (up from 56% 4 years ago) your analysis is worse than wrong - it is irrelevant. I can see the choir you preach to is happy.


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