To no one’s surprise, the latest Ohio report card shows that charter schools perform about the same as public schools. They actually show less value-added growth than the state’s traditional public schools, but are about the same as the Big 8, the urban districts. Remember that charters are touted as a silver bullet. The evidence accumulates that they are not. They extract money from public schools, perform no better, and are leading to what: a dual school system, with both systems publicly funded, one regulated, the other deregulated. In Ohio, charters are especially obnoxious because many operate for-profit, not for better education, not for kids.