As I was doing some research about virtual charter schools, I came across an article that caused me to laugh out loud.
It appeared in the Star-Ledger, the main newspaper in New Jersey. It was titled “State Has Virtually No Reason to Not Give Online Charter Schools a Shot.”
It said the state should stop “dithering” and should promptly approve an online charter school. No delay, no moratorium, approve the online school now.
It was published on July 11, 2012, as the state’s Acting Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf and the state board of education were mulling a decision to authorize the megacorporation K12 to open an online charter school in New Jersey.
The reason I laughed out loud was that the article appeared on the same day that the FBI raided the offices of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter. See here too.
And it appeared several months after the New York Times published a withering expose of the terrible academic record of K12.
And it appeared fourteen months after the CREDO study of virtual charters in Pennsylvania, which showed they get awful results.
The invaluable New Jersey blogger Jersey Jazzman showed the fallaciousness of the claim that the state should not wait for more research but should promptly approve a virtual charter school.
Truly, this is one of those laugh out loud moments. They are so few these days that we should enjoy them.