Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s strong stance against charter schools continued to draw attention from charter supporters. New York magazine commentator Jonathan Chait drew on his knowledge of the Boston charter sector, and on the experience of satisfied charter school families, to try and dismantle Senator Warren’s stated objections.
Dismantling the data
This week, the Network for Public Education (NPE) released a report that attempted to show federal support for charter schools across the country as an abysmal, money-sucking failure. Charter school supporters were quick to begin dismantling the publication’s arguments piece by piece. One of the more detailed takedowns was co-written by the president of School Choice Wisconsin.
The view from the White House
President Trump this week touted school choice successes from across the country as he sought to gain support for a federal private school scholarship proposal. While the stories coming out of that White House event were mainly about voucher success stories—including some standout young people from Ohio—there was a lot of positive talk about charters as well, especially in Florida.
The trouble at home
Right here in Columbus, charter school families are still struggling with transportation troubles for their students. One dogged investigative reporter tracked down a former transportation director for Columbus City Schools and tried to get some perspective from him. The bottom line: it’s time for those families to get answers…and help.
The next School Performance Institute Workshop
Bring your team to a high-performing urban charter school to learn how to build a culture of academic and operational excellence. Join School Performance Institute at their upcoming Study the Network workshop. This workshop combines interactive sessions with live-classroom observations and conversations with key staff to help build your team’s capacity to create and implement change. Register today for the next workshop on January 30th, 2020! For more information, contact John A. Dues.