Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet – In These Times

17 Jun

Does this all mean that charter schools are inherently bad? Of course not – there are some terrific charter schools out there. However, the data do suggest that charter schools are not a systemic answer to America’s education crisis. In many cases, in fact, they make the crisis worse, not only exacerbating inherent inequalities, but also distracting attention from the real ills plaguing the education system – ills rooted in economic inequality and anemic school budgets.

Such challenges aren’t sexy, simple or politically convenient – but they are the true problems at the heart of our education system. No matter how many charter schools pop up, and no matter how often education “reform” activists pretend they are a cure-all, those problems will continue harming kids unless they are addressed.

via Charter Schools Are Not the Silver Bullet – In These Times.

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