The Next Step For Charter Schools
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  • Anthony

    Another report from “Broader, Bolder Approach to Education” intimates that market-oriented education reforms’ rhetoric trumps reality vis-a-vis charter schools. The report covers Washington D.C., Chicago, and New York K-12 school districts and offers a different perspective on how to improve educational outcomes.

    • Andrew Allison

      You naughty little boy ;<) : the report is subtitled: "Reformers assert that test-based teacher evaluation, increased access to
      charter schools, and the closure of “failing” and under-enrolled schools will boost at-risk students’ achievement and narrow longstanding race- and income-based achievement gaps." Given that it opposes reform of any kind, might we suspect that it is not entirely impartial?

      • Anthony

        Hello Andrew; the study I am referring to written by Elaine Weiss and Don Long is about 80 pages and covers charter schools, teacher evaluation, testing, and more. I am not sure we are talking about same report because opposition to reform per se was not my inference. Though reports partiality or impartiality upon suggesting comparatively did not cross my mind (just providing another viewpoint for non partisans – never naughty).

        • Andrew Allison

          Hello Anthony. Yes are talking about the same report (a URL would have saved readers the trouble of cutting, pasting and searching for the title). As I noted, report surveys all major reform efforts , not just Charter Schools as you suggested in “intimates that market-oriented education reforms’ rhetoric trumps reality vis-a-vis charter schools” and finds them all lacking. A, hopefully accidental, sin of omission to which I drew your attention.
          Regards, Andrew

          • Anthony

            Andrew, thanks but my purpose was to introduce another report which contained information about charters. I used title from old reference file conveniently available, not to make market point; I think neither sin of omision nor commission just information thrust. thanks again (also, above I believe you mean: Yes we….).

          • Andrew Allison

            Thanks. URL please.

          • Anthony

            Someone gave me hard copy of report spring 2013; but I am sure if you put ‘Broader, Bolder Approach to Education’ in your search engine you get there.

          • Andrew Allison

            That’s what I did originally, and it is, as I suggested, an attack on any reform. Let’s stop this now. Best.

          • Anthony

            We can agree to disagree but for me it was never a contention about reform. (but this may help and I generally don’t do others’ investigation http://www.Boldapproach.org). Best to you also – End of Thread.

          • Andrew Allison

            p.s. May I add that it is a pleasure to engage in a mutually respectful debate.

          • Anthony

            Pleasure is ours, and thanks.

  • Kavanna

    Nice summary of the results.

    It’s probably hopeless by now to keep pointing out an important point, but “free markets” don’t lack regulation. One of the things that makes markets free is the absence of force or fraud. That requires the rule of law, which requires government. The catch: government itself must follow the rule of law. Modern “big” or “activist” government often doesn’t. Just look at the Federal Reserve and our lack of stable money, for example.

    Anyway, we’re talking about public schools here, so use of “unregulated free market” language is absurd. It’s like talking about “unregulated free-market Medicare.”

    And it’s precisely the decaying but entrenched “blue state” interest groups at the local level whose power needs to be curbed by other levels of government and by semi-free, semi-competitive mechanisms like charter schools.

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