In charge of charters
“Placing school boards in charge of charter schools is akin to placing McDonalds in charge of Burger King,” writes Gadfly’s Chester Finn, summarizing a Fordham study of entities that authorize or sponsor charter schools.
The (school board) sponsor doesn’t want the competition, has scant experience in letting some schools be different from others, and doesn’t know how to replace command-and-control compliance with results-based accountability.
California authorizers earn a D+.
Gadfly also provides a round-up of attacks on charter schools.