Are Charters the Silver Bullet?

Those promoting the privatization of American public education are blinded by free-market ideology. They refuse to pay attention to evidence, whether it be research or the accumulating anecdotal evidence of misbehavior, incompetence, fraud, greed, and chicanery that the free market facilitates. Let us celebrate the few charter schools that get, as Davis Guggenheim puts it, “amazing results,” but let us recognize that they are not 17 percent of charters (the number in the CREDO study that outperformed traditional public schools). Doing better than an under-resourced neighborhood school is not the same as getting “amazing results.” Very few charters do. Probably less than 5 percent.

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