Interesting how ideas flow back and forth across the Atlantic. In the early years of the charter movement in the US, some pointed to the British “opt-out” system as one source of the idea. Now comes this article about an effort to start “city academies” in the UK based on, you guessed it, US charter schools. A lot of the same politics surrounding the issue on the other side of the ocean. In the case of the schools discussed in this article, the politics are further stoked by the fact that wealthy hedge fund financiers are behind the effort.
Some humor too: one of the group’s first efforts to launch a school has foundered because the plan became “too complex.” Perhaps not a surprise from a hedge fund crowd, the masters of complexity.
— Guestblogger Bryan Hassel, Public Impact