From New York City rallies to the Georgia Supreme Court, charter schools are under attack on all fronts. The debate over this experimental prescription for education innovation and parental choice has united political counterparts and divided communities nationwide. Accordingly, a Time’s editorial asks the question, “Are These End Times for Charter Schools?”.
The debate began with a few assumptions: 1) public schools are failing our children; 2) we need to establish laboratories for educational innovation in order to find more effective ways to educate; and 3) public school parents need more choices regarding their student’s education.
Nonetheless, almost 20 years later, charter schools have yet to definitively prove that they: 1) generally outperform traditional public schools; 2) foster pedagogical innovation which can then be adopted by traditional public schools; 3) or provide educational choices to parents and families in need. Read More