No…not this, though it’s nice. But rather this positive Mayor Menino shift on charter schools in Boston. Impossible to know the exact cause but suspects are (a) politics, the voters want change in the schools (b) frustration with the teachers’ union there and the constant chorus of “no” (c) a desire to innovate more or (d) the dark horse, is Arne Duncan’s regular hammering away on this having an effect on how the issue is perceived by Democrats? Clinton’s support during the 1990s helped and is Duncan providing cover now and moving the debate?
Update: More from Globe columnist Scott Leigh. I forgot to mention the recent study on Boston charters in my list of suspects, he does.