Two On Charters

In Ed Week USAT’s Richard Whitmire and I discuss why what’s happening in New York City around Hunter College* and some high-performing charter school networks could portend a new direction for public charter schooling that is less about the ruthless ethic of competition and more about “coopetition,” institution building, and linkages with the traditional public system.

Also in Ed Week, Scott Cech turns in an important look at the Catholic school – charter school issue. My take: The evidence isn’t there to just lay the Catholic school struggles at the feet of charters. And, even if it were, what’s the obligation of the public sector to bail out the Catholic schools anyway? And I say that as someone who generally likes what Catholic schools do. It’s just a policy question. Two previous and related posts are here and here.

*Inside baseball note: The Steiner is back!

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