Ohio is closing two chronically low-performing charter schools. That’s good. But the perform-or-else rule applies only to charters. Fourteen district-run schools would be closed if the same standards were applied. All will remain in business.
In an editorial, the Dayton Daily News comes out against closure for Dayton’s two low performers and points out that reconstitution — replacing the principal and most teachers — has been tried and failed.
Scott Elliott, who’s just moved from education reporter to editorial writer and columnist (my old job in San Jose!) asks readers how they’d improve failing schools.
Should they just be allowed to continue with bad performance indefinitely?
Most of Dayton’s charter schools are improving on the state test while most of the city’s district-run schools are doing worse, Elliott reported just before he made the switch to the opinion pages.
Overall, charter schools dominated a list of top-scoring schools in the city, and those district schools that did score well were mostly “charter like” schools with special themes or unique programs.
The 20 top-scoring schools included 12 charters, six specialty schools and two traditional schools.