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Listen up, President Obama
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on February 6, 2009|
|If the Obama administration naively continues to promote "Charter Schools"|
without heeding Miron's warnings, they're headed for the rocks.
What struck me in reading the analysis that what makes sense for schools is not a function of whether the school has a "charter." It's all financed out of the same public pot and a school is a school. The differences in schools, private or charter, today is a function of "selection" of either school personnel or student cadres. The rest is rhetoric.
It seems to me that the "movement" could be made honest by requiring applicants to have a simple "business plan" that addresses three questions:
--What things is the School going to do differently?
--How is the school going to transparently demonstrate the benefits of these differences?
--When and how will the projected benefits be reported?
If no benefits are reported within 3 years, the school would be closed within the next two years.
The thing is, as the experience of the last 50 years shows, improving el-hi schools in any way that can be replicated is not an easy matter. What charter schools in the aggregate have delivered to date is more criminals running them.