As this editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer makes clear this morning, the supposed purposes of North Carolina’s charter school movement — i.e. to be “laboratories of innovation” that will spur improvements in the traditional school system — are increasingly being shown to be what critics have long contended: fraudulent.
More and more, charters are becoming the system that anti-integration advocates tried to create back in the 1960’s and 70’s — a segregated and exclusive, publicly-funded alternative school system. To quote the editorial (which focuses on a new charter built immediately adjacent to an exclusive gated community in Harnett County):
“As they were being brought into the public system in the mid 1990s, the idea was that they would be laboratories, experimenting with curricula and teaching methods in ways that perhaps could help conventional schools. Unfortunately, charters now are seen by too many as private schools that get public money.
They’re not. But more are starting to look that way even if they’re not yet behind private gates.”
Read the entire editorial by clicking here.