It is charter school week so I guess it wouldn’t kill me to do a post…
Credit Where It’s Due One: The Department of Education hosted something of a charter school summit on Monday around issues of quality, philanthropy, and policy. To their credit everyone came and left with their First Amendment rights intact and it was a useful exercise. There will be some follow-on documents coming soon, apparently.
Credit Where It’s Due Two: If you follow charters don’t miss the new RAND analysis on Chicago (pdf). Looks at skimming (prior achievement), demographics, and achievement. Interesting tidbit around grade configuration as well. This report seems to have mostly flown below the radar, that’s too bad, it’s important.
Charters and Competition: New report out of D.C. on the competitive response to charter schools there. Not surprisingly competition doesn’t play out in political or public marketplace the way it might in other sectors. But, the market share that charters have, 25 percent plus in Washington, has helped create the circumstances that are leading to real reform there.