The new (updated really from a few years ago) study on charter schools in New York City (pdf) has everyone chattering this week. The method is clever even if the finding is somewhat unsurprising. What’s amazing though is is how much of the debate about the study and charters overall right now is still tactical (charters good, charters bad, anecdotes tossed around) rather than strategic (knowing what we know about charters, good and bad, what are the implications if we’re serious about really trying to move outcomes in part through a new school development strategy?).
It’s another example of how we can’t get to the serious work around education reform because we’re still consumed fighting over stuff like this.