Monday, April 03, 2006

The Road to You Know Where

The NY Times reports on the dashed hopes and broken school lives failed charters leave behind. A mixed wake of sullied leadership, overdue bills, and most important, anxious children forced to move to new schools. This isn't a hater article, but it does stir antipathy for the haters out there. The article is a a limited look at the emotional effects of charter school closure and a reminder of a banal truth a professor had cornered me into during an exam defense. Good intentions don't always cut it. For more on school closures and policy improvements see this chapter from a Center on Reinventing Public Education report. The long and short is that authorizers have a significant role to play and that there is no substitute for a good plan.


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