When the charter idea was first proposed, in 1988, the idea was that charters would enroll the students who were failing, for whatever reason, in regular public schools. The charters would enroll the dropouts, the about to dropout, the students who were unable to function in a regular environment. The charter would come up with workable ideas and share them with the public school, to make the public schools better.
Things haven’t worked out that way. Now charters compete for higher test scores, and it is risky to enroll high-needs students because they will drag down the school’s average. The charters run by hedge fund managers want to win. They want the highest scores, so they tend to pick and choose to boost their scores.
Now their goal is to compete and win, not to collaborate and support public schools.
Blame it on NCLB.
And now we have this, from a reader:
|In Trenton, NJ, the only charter that went after those difficult-to-teach students was just closed for not making adequate progress. the property was awarded to another charter operator with ties to Commissioner Cerf. go figure.|