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Opinion: Myths and realities about charter schools

Charter schools have been around since 1992, but this is a breakthrough year.
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May 31, 2010, 8:02 am
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This is a puff piece accentuating the positives about charter schools, put together by skilled public relations folks who know how to pull out the most positive information while seeming to present the view of critics and wiping away their criticisms with easy rebuttals.

This “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” piece put out by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools downplays the serious problems and controversies concerning charters. It does nothing to add to the debate. If BP put out a story about the “Myths and realities of off shore oil drilling” a few months ago, it would have read like this.

I lean toward supporting charter schools, but I also understand the downside to this under-regulated area of public education. It’s not nearly as simple as Smith’s recommendation that we just weed out the poorly performing charter schools, and all will be well.

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May 31, 2010, 4:05 pm
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Charter schools, like most, are only as good or as bad as the people who run them.  Most, however, are still in the business of reinventing the wheel. 

Children will never be successful until the schools, districts, states, and nation decide exactly what it is that children should learn, and then teach it.  We’ve known since 1979 that only only with a truly and deeply aligned curriculum can children progress.  Otherwise, schools are just baby-sitting services.

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