Friday, May 8, 2015

Are Charter Schools the Answer?

Furman University in South Carolina professor Paul Thomas nicely summed up the unimpressive track record of over a decade of promoting "choice" in US Education Policy in a post this week,  and Valarie Strauss reprinted it here. Its worth remembering and circulating these stark realities as the uninformed myths about charter schools continue. Thomas reflects national data and his closely examined data in South Carolina. But the data in Washington DC, where charters have more advantages than anywhere else in the nation, fits the same pattern.

1 comment:

Larry Shatzer said...

I am currently a student at University of Maryland University College seeking my Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.). As part of an assignment for one of my classes, I need to interview a parent of a high school student whom I do not already know. The purpose of the interview is to talk to this parent about their thoughts on public education in general, and specifically about teacher preparation, and teacher outreach to—and relationship building with—parents. I can tell that the readers of this blog are interested in these issues. If anyone has about 30 minutes available to discuss these issues with me I would appreciate it. I can be reached at

Thank you.