My effort to explain why no student learns from a charter was reasonably successful, I judge from the comments this week.
This is good. The discussion will be a lot clearer if we all see chartering as a platform on which people create schools.
Some of the schools chartered will be different and hopefully better schools than we have today; some will not.
Whether the school-chartered is different or better depends on what kind of school it is; on what approach to learning its organizers design into it.
The case for chartering is that it is better as a platform: better than the ‘district platform’ for creating innovative and successful schools.
But, again: In evaluating success advocates and researchers alike need to identify what the school (chartered or district) is as a school—need to describe what its students read, see, hear and do—and relate student performance to that.
—Guestblogger Ted Kolderie, Education|Evolving