Peter Greene noticed that Reformers have turned ttheir attention to rural communities, where they have a hard time getting established.

Imagine a guy or woman from New York or Chicago or New Orleans arriving in a small town or a rural community and telling the locals what they need to “save” their children from the local schools.

Greene explains why their pitch usually falls on deaf ears and why they don’t welcome corporate chains.

He gives four reasons why the charter operators get the cold shoulder.

Here are two of them:

“My children went to school in a tiny village where the two central institutions were the elementary school and the volunteer fire department. In rural and small town areas, grown adults still identify themselves by what high school they graduated from. Sporting events, school concerts, art displays–these are attended by all sorts of people who are not actual parents of the participants. Launching a charter school in this setting is about as welcome as having a guy move into the house next door and inviting your children to call him “Dad.”

“Rural Schools Run On Tight Budgets

“One does not remove a few hundred thousand dollars from a rural school budget without really feeling it. Most rural districts are lean operations already, without fifteen jobs like Assistant Vice-Superintendent in charge of Paper that can be easily absorbed. Transportation may be a huge chunk of the budget, and there really isn’t any way to tighten that particular belt. The minute a charter starts “redirecting” tax dollars away from a rural district, that district will feel the hurt.”

But he does have one example where a charter works. Let him tell you.