That’s the topic of my School of Thought column at TIME this week. This business about how charters are no better and no worse than other public schools, on average, is a deliberate distortion that obscures some learning over the past two decades that can be applied in policy. Put a little differently, there is a lot of attention to the randomness of charter school lotteries these days but the fact is we’ve made charter policy pretty random, too.
A quick plug for ‘School of Thought’: It’s a weekly column I began writing in September, it appears Thursdays absent breaking news. Here are some past ones. What we can and can’t expect from Common Core, problems with the fetishizing of value-added scores for teachers, why it may take more than ‘Superman’ to save schools, the challenges facing Mark Zuckerberg (and I’m not talking about the film), and the Fenty defeat and Michelle Rhee.