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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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The question for our country is this: Do publicly funded charter schools that operate legally do a better job, ceteris paribus, than traditional public schools for the same or less public policy expenditures? And the typical answer is no, and the not infrequently answer is that charter schools perform worse than traditional public schools. Yet there are examples of success for alternative schools, but those success are based on sound pedagogy and effective oversight by school boards.

The other thing about the successes is that they are all modles that could be easily replicated in traditional public schools, and, while not exorbitant or wasteful, they all cost money to educate students. So contrary to Conservatives thinking, there is nothing magical about charter schools or inherently bad about traditional public schools. What makes the difference is sound and, where necessary or advisable, innovative pedagogy that identifies problems and opportunities, and solves the former while seizing the latter, especially alleviating poverty of poor folks and their communities, which has the most deleterious effects on education.

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