Ohio Charters

Speaking of Ohio charters, a roadmap for improving policy and practice there via Bellwether analysts Smarick, Squire, and Robson published by the Ohio-based Fordham Institute.

2 Replies to “Ohio Charters”

  1. You left our the most revealing conclusion of the CREDO Study by Margaret E. Raymond, Ph.D. Director, Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University:

    “I actually am kind of a pro-market kinda girl. But it doesn’t seem to work in a choice environment for education. I’ve studied competitive markets for much of my career. That’s my academic focus for my work. And (education) is the only industry/sector where the market mechanism just doesn’t work. I think it’s not helpful to expect parents to be the agents of quality assurance throughout the state. I think there are other supports that are needed… The policy environment really needs to focus on creating much more information and transparency about performance than we’ve had for the 20 years of the charter school movement. We need to have a greater degree of oversight of charter schools. But I also think we have to have some oversight of the overseers.”

  2. Mackie Raymond’s remarks are not part of the report – she made them at a meeting of the City Club of Cleveland. Furthermore, Andy has said much the same thing about the limitations the market approach in this blog and in other forums. Many other advocates of choice and charters feel the same way. No news here.

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