Between the extremes on charter schools

As the campaigns for mayor of New York and governor of New Jersey enter the home stretch, few issues draw more heated rhetoric, the Huffington Post reports. To hear the candidates and advocates speak, you would think that charters are either the savior of urban school systems or the seeds of demise of the public school system. The truth of course is in between and a real analysis of the role of Charters should be a focus of the administration of whomever wins on November 5. To their advocates, charter schools are the true agents of school reform. If charters are not allowed carte blanche, they argue chaos will return and school systems will fall apart. Unimpeded charter school expansion is a good thing, event if it is rent-free in existing school buildings at the expense of currently operating schools…

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