Back in 2010, I was at a meeting where I heard U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan say, “Good charters are part of the solution. Bad charters are part of the problem.” He did not, at that time or any other time I’ve heard, discuss what to do about regulating the bad charters he said are part of the problem. While the federal Race to the Top competition prioritized grant proposals from the states that agreed to remove caps on the authorization of new charter schools, the federal government has left it up to the states to do something about the bad charters. In my state anyway, as this blog pointed out yesterday, the state legislature, beholden for political contributions to the rich owners of the for-profit Charter Management Organizations, has chosen to abstain from regulating charters to prevent academic malpractice and financial malfeasance.
Last Friday in the Washington…
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