The rhetoric about charter schools is wildly disconnected from the reality. There are some lousy ones, some average ones, and some outstanding ones. The key takeaway, however, is that the outstanding ones are not random and some jurisdictions (Massachusetts and New York City for instance) have done a better job curating quality than other places. So in the policy community the question is not whether or not to have charter schools but instead how to use public policy to encourage replication and expansion of the best ones. NACSA with a new brief on that issue.