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The Year In Research On Market-Based Education Reform: 2013 Edition

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Thanks for this interesting analysis. Some of us have argued for years that a. We should be using a far broader array of assessments, not just test scores to determine the impact of public schools, district or charter b. It's ridiculous to compare test scores of district & chartered public schools, because there are a vast array of educational philosophies, instructional practices, teaching techniques, etc to be found in each sector. c. There are outstanding district & charter public schools from which we can learn a lot. In some places, these ideas are being put in place http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/joe-nathan/encouraging-responses-increasing-minnesota-charter-public-school-enrollment

It's not the case that "all sides" of the charter school debate agree about the virtues of "intensive disciplinary policies", unfortunately. For ideological reasons, or perhaps in part because they are endorsed by many charter schools, intensive disciplinary policies are often the subject of considerable disdain by many charter opponents who view them as "oppressive" or "dehumanizing" (etc.)

I hear you, Paul. I only said these "may be lessons" upon which all sides can agree. I think you can put the "focus on student achievement" thing (vague though it is) in the same potentially controversial basket. Thanks for the comment, MD

I wholeheartedly agree that we need to move past the "horse race" arguments with charter and non-charter. The original intent of charters was to establish schools that operated outside of "traditional" structures to identify any best practices that could then be embraced by other schools. My worry is that we have lost the purpose of charters as opportunities of innovation and incubation to the market-based notion of choice. As if the simple act of choice brings about quality.

Diane Ravitch posted an insider essay on her blog on the failures of the Klein/Black/Walcott ed deforms in New York City http://dianeravitch.net/2013/12/20/tweed-insider-where-the-bloomberg-administration-went-wrong-on-education/#comments

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