NY Times vs. charters

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.

Eduwonk also has a round-up of reaction to the Times, including Mickey Kaus. The Chicago Tribune quotes a researcher:

“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.

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  1. mike from oregon says:

    Well, duh, is there anything in this country, or the world for that matter, that ISN’T Bush’s fault? Gads, if he loses, who will they blame then – although they always seem to find some Republican.

    Also, the fact that the attack comes from the New York Communist Manifesto, er, I mean, Times. What else would you expect?

  2. Just as there are a few good public schools, so are there a few bad charter schools.

    By focusing selectively, the NYT is able to make even feces smell good, and manna from heaven taste bad. It’s part of the journalistic profession to do things like that.

  3. mike from oregon says:

    Oh wait, I forgot, when a Democrat is in office, all the problems go away. When Bush Sr. was in office we had a homeless problem. When Clinton entered the picture, the news never mentioned the homeless. When Bush Jr. entered office, suddenly there was a homeless problem again. If you don’t believe me you ought to read “Bias” by Bernard Goldberg. I read it a while ago, but it’s every bit as true today as it was then. Under liberals, everything is rainbows and lollipops, under conservatives, it’s gloom and doom.

    I do hate the liberal media.