Monday, November 14, 2011

Good article from Reason

The School District Is Dead, Long Live the Schools explores a trend in public schools.  More and more students are going to charter schools.  The article concludes with:

The bottom line is that charter schools give school leaders, teachers, and parents much more control over staffing and finances while also freeing them from the economic consequences of belonging to a district that has been in financial distress for decades. A school district may become financially bankrupt, but individual schools can live on through the charter school process. It raises the question: As a nation, should we continue to support large school districts at the expense of individual schools and students? Oakland school district spokesman Troy Flint speaks the truth to power when he says that “ASCEND is a canary in the coal mine, and that fact has shaken people, that's no question.”

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