Closing ineffective schools

New York may close one of its first charter schools for academic failure; two others with mixed success are recommended for partial renewal. Good, says the charter-friendly Education Gadfly.

As Bill Phillips of the New York Charter Schools Association remarks, “These are good recommendations because you can see a clear link between academic performance and consequences. We’ve talked about accountability for five years now and this shows we mean it. . . . Ultimately, you have to earn the right to educate children.”

Traditional public schools that don’t work keep right on operating, usually with more money. Bad charter schools can and should be closed.

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  1. Hunter McDaniel says:

    It’s worth remembering that charter schools are already more accountable, even without the threat of non-renewal. Simply by having to attract students in the first place the bad schools will be weeded out. The school mentioned in the article deserved to be closed, but ultimately I trust the accountability of parent choice more than a charter renewal mechanism administered by the authorities, especially when the same standards are not applied to other schools.