Charter school numbers

Today’s “Monday numbers” edition of the Fitzsimon File looks into some of the rather startling numbers related to the state’s mad rush to expand charter schools. Among other things, they offer additional evidence that the myth about charters being “laboratories of innovation” that will somehow lead to improvements in traditional schools is just that — a myth.


  1. Jeff S

    August 20, 2012 at 11:42 am

    What evidence would that be? Specifically.

  2. Frank Burns

    August 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I think you’re missing the point regarding the demand for Charter Schools. Parents are interested in finding alternatives to neighborhood schools due to lack of control in the public schools of unruly students. In the public schools there are many children who are not interested in education or in showing respect to the teachers and they pose a disruption for children who want to learn due to more parental involvement in their lives. When my children were in public schools, parents did not have Charter School options, but we had Magnet Schools in Charlotte Mecklenburg which got our children out of the undesirable neighborhood schools. The Magnet system worked fine but I had to drive my kids to the schools.

  3. Alex

    August 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Very interesting show last night with Juan Williams detailing the innovative teaching methods using technology and a new role for teachers in Mooresville NC with fantastic results.We have to innovate in education, and not stay with the status quo.

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