The Néw York Times published a mini-debate about charter schools. Mike Petrilli, president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, as you would expect, supported charters. Unlike many charter advocates, Mike doesn’t claim that charters enroll exactly the same students as public schools. He unabashedly believes that charters are for strivers, not for everyone.

Bblogger-and-lawyer Sarah Blaine is appalled by Mike’s take on charters.

My own view is that we are developing an explicit dual public-funded school system, which defeats the communitarian, democratic nature of public schools. One gets to choose its students, the other does not.

What do you think?