Category Archives: Charter Schools

Dubious Tales: Don’t Build It and They Won’t Come

While the Seattle School Board votes to fight a zoning waiver for a new Green Dot charter high school, the Board members seem to ignore complex forces gathering at their door. Continue reading

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The Two Headed Being in American Education

Ironically, charters have brought to scale and intensity ideas that arose out of research and inconsistent implementation in those nasty public schools. Continue reading

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Publics Versus Charters and the Student Underclass

The ideological brawl between charter and public school advocates obscures the truth that there is a substantial group of big city low income kids of color whose needs are not met by either camp. Continue reading

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Yes, Betsy DeVos, Public Schools Do Make Gains

In this new climate where educators anticipate a Betsy DeVos assault on public schools, it is well to publicize success stories in the public school arena Continue reading

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For-Profit Schools Make a Name for Themselves, and It Isn’t a Good One

Experience to this date with for-profit charter schools across the country and in Betsy DeVos’ Michigan indicates this particular free market solution simply doesn’t pencil out where it collides with a public good. Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos, the Force Behind Detroit School Chaos

With apparently good intentions to help kids trapped in “low wattage” schools, Betsy DeVos, a champion of charters and school choice, by leverage of her family’s financial and political clout, has engineered changes in Michigan schools that have lowered their standing, and undercut the viability of Detroit schools. She has been tapped as Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education. Continue reading

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Charters Revisited: It’s a Broad Spectrum Out There or, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Charter horror stories in Newark and Detroit mask a Stanford CREDO report that finds charters outperforming traditional public schools in many areas of the country. That same CREDO report however is critiqued as statistically flawed; in truth charters may benefit kids of better organized low income families, but their selection processes leave the more intractable of the poor languishing in low performing urban schools. Continue reading

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