Is Oversight and Regulation of Charter Schools Even Possible in Ohio?

MORE #CharterChicanery in Ohio

janresseger

I agree with David Hornbeck, longtime superintendent of public instruction in Maryland and superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia from 1994 to 2000. Hornbeck authorized charter schools in Philadelphia when he was superintendent because he believed at the time that they would expand opportunity for the students, but the evidence from the past 20 years has caused him to change his mind.  Hornbeck refuses to focus on stronger regulation of charter schools, instead believing that charters, which divert public funding to privately managed schools are a bad idea altogether. “States with ‘stronger’ charter laws are not doing better: Advocates say we need a ‘stronger’ charter law, noting that Maryland ranks near the bottom. Pennsylvania’s law is ranked much higher, yet its charter growth is contributing significantly to a funding crisis that includes draconian cuts to teachers, nurses, arts, music and counselors in Philadelphia.”  Hornbeck points out that, “Charters…

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