Is there a charter school backlash? Recent events in places like Georgia, New York City and Rhode Island make you wonder. And if so, why and what to do about it? Hint: Don’t do what Ohio’s considering doing. Those are the questions and issues that this week’s School of Thought column @TIME.com takes a look at.
Is it the best of times or end times for public charter schools? 4,000 charter school leaders, teachers, advocates, and policymakers will gather in Atlanta later this month at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ annual conference. The gathering of upstarts is now larger than many long-standing traditional education groups can muster, but in states and cities across the country, charter schools are facing increased political pressure and scrutiny. In Georgia, the state’s supreme court just ruled that the arrangements for charter schools are unconstitutional. Welcome to town!