There are so many success stories, both in traditional public schools and in charters
-- the idea is that we learn from each other, to the benefit of all students.
The method can mislead unless we understand why students enter charters
and why students leave.
Early on in the national charter
conversation, public faculty unions successfully opposed the proliferation of charter
college and university proposals based on prognostications of academic quality erosion, the creation of academic sweatshops, and the dire consequences of operating under the radar of public accountability.
One of these is the establishment of charter
Occasionally," says Beckett of Nigel Burgess, "if there are additional staff, the client charters
a second yacht to follow along.
Controversy is swirling in education circles after results of national test scores show charter
schools, considered an alternative to public schools in the No Child Left Behind act, may not be what they are cracked up to be.
Despite ongoing media attention to charter
school controversies and attempts by state lawmakers to gain greater oversight of charters
and to close failing ones, both Democratic and Republican politicians on the federal level have advocated for greater funding of charter
schools all over the country.
Their favorite strategies are to keep numerical caps in place on the grounds that this risky experiment hasn't proven itself" while persuading policymakers (in the name of "ensuring accountability" or "leveling the playing field) that charters
must be subject to ever more of the same requirements as regular public schools.
IN THE SUMMER OF 1997, AS COOL wisps of fog swept across Berkeley's warm hillsides, Bruce Fuller kindly agreed to come indoors and host a week-long summit conference on charter
Despite its clear legal obligation, San Diego Unified's Board of Education has ignored the law by denying eight of the nine requests for facilities made by its start-up charter
schools, including those of Fanno and KIPP.
Together they have six schools and plan to open two more charters
in the fall.
The fact that traditional public schools experienced net gains in performance, despite a slight decrease in average student quality, suggests that our estimates of the effects of charter
-school competition may understate the true effect of charters
on traditional public schools.