A common complaint about public charter schools is that they don’t admit all students as traditional public schools purportedly do. Legally, charters are not allowed to do this, though unfortunately a small subset likely does in informal ways — an oversight/authorizer issue to be sure.
But, what’s lost in debate about this issue is that many public schools have formal admissions requirements and do not admit all comers. So where’s the attack on magnets for skimming? In fact, in urban settings, charters are often compared to competitive schools in debates about student achievement.
Here’s one look at this from a new edublog written by a former Boston teacher.