Betsy Newmark, who teaches at one of the best charter schools in the country, blogs today about them.
Charters that are poorly set up and don’t have a sound financial foundation or are failing their students academically can be closed down. A regular public school will not get shut down because its students are failing; instead it’s more likely to just get more money. And as far as the charge that charters have not provided innovative ideas for public schools to copy, whose fault is that. I know that we regularly have outside people come tour our school to learn about what we’re doing right. Our administration often makes presentations about our program and is very generous in sharing ideas. Most of those who are interested are from other charter schools. We don’t get much interest from the regular public schools. So whose fault is it that district schools haven’t benefited from the innovations in charter schools.