Ray Budde, 82

One of the intellectual godfathers of the charter school movement, Ray Budde, has died. The obit in the New York Times notes that “Dr. Budde, a former assistant professor at the school of education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, first suggested the term “charter” for use in education in the 1970’s to describe a novel contracting arrangement designed to support the efforts of innovative teachers within the public school system. He long opposed the later idea that charter schools could be an alternative to public education.”

Guestblogger Richard Lee Colvin, Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, Teachers College, Columbia University

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