If I had to choose one post each day that was a must-read, this would be it.

Bruce Baker of Rutgers has followed the evolution of the charter movement.

He initially thought they might be a source of innovation, as their advocates promised.

But over time, he has observed a systematic pattern of cream skimming, where charters pick the best students and leave the toughest cases for public schools.

Although he recognizes that some charters have resisted the temptation to win at all costs, he now concludes that the sector has become parasitic, harming public schools by skimming the students that make the charters look good.