December 16, 2018 9:40 pm

Can charter schools be reformed? Should they be?

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By Carol Burris

Last month, The Answer Sheet published a piece I co-wrote with education historian Diane Ravitch about school governance, which gave rise to a lively debate in the education community and additional commentary. Much of that conversation centered on the recent report issued by the California-based Learning Policy Institute, which framedpublic school choice as a rich tapestry of options that include charter schools.

Ravitch and I objected. The inclusion of charter schools — which are publicly funded but privately operated — as though they were the neighborhood school down the block, expands the definition of what it means to be a public school. It blurs the line between public and private governance, making it easier for public schools to be flipped into charter schools.

To read more of Carol’s piece on the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog, click here.