Charter schools are bad and it’s all Bush’s fault, editorializes the New York Times.
Eduwonk, which is pushing for a Democratic education policy that’s not tied hand and foot to the status quo, keeps repeating that President Clinton backed charter schools, as do liberal groups like Education Trust, which is devoted to improving education for low-income, minority students. The Times implicitly argues that providing alternatives to kids trapped in bad urban schools is a Republican policy. That can’t be a good strategy for the Democrats.
“Any parent who has a kid in a school who’s doing great and is learning a lot, is happy and is scoring high on standardized tests probably isn’t going to take him out of his regular school and put him in a charter school,” says Tom Loveless, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution, who has conducted several studies on charter schools.
Most Chicago charter schools have long waiting lists. Parents apparently think the charters offer more than neighborhood schools.