NYT’s Sam Dillon turns in an important story on charter schools in Ohio.* It’s really two stories, the Ohio narrative and the larger political story. On the former, two key quotes:
“If chronically lousy charters aren’t closed, the charter movement will continue under assault from its opponents” — Todd Ziebarth
“Mr. Ryan said it was hypocritical to sue failing charters without moving against Ohio’s scores of failing neighborhood schools.”
On Ziebarth, couldn’t agree more. On Ryan, not sure it’s hypocritical, the circumstances are different, but it’s surely both political and not in the best interest of kids. Here is where the Joe Williams “no crap” doctrine comes in — states shouldn’t tolerate lousy schools of any stripe. Sure, it lacks the elegance of say the Monroe Doctrine, but for poor kids it’s more important right now.
Dillon also does a nice job explaining why Ohio is somewhat anomalous as a charter school state. That points up the basic narrative here and why what’s happening in Ohio is worthy of the front page of The Times…the political story and possible implications.
*I was also surprised to see from the photo accompanying the article that Uma Thurman has been teaching at a low-performing charter school in Ohio. Who knew?