Indiana has been in the forefront of pushing school choice and ignoring the needs of its public schools.
Indiana was once known nationally for its great public schools, but now it is known as a national leader in vouchers and charters and high-stakes testing.
The news from Fort Wayne, the second largest city in the state, does not bode well for the rightwing reform agenda of Governor Mitch Daniels (soon to be president of Purdue) and his superintendent Tony Bennett.
When the state scores were released, Fort Wayne’s three charter schools were among the lowest performing schools in the state. Two of them are managed by the for-profit Imagine corporation. One of the three saw its scores go up; one went down; the other was flat. All had huge achievement gaps between black and white students.
But, say the reformers, these schools are a silver bullet. They are fonts of innovation. They will save our youth.
Do you believe they still say these things? When will they admit that they don’t have any answers, just hype and spin? How many more years will we endure their false claims?