Massachusetts voters will reject a measure allowing up to 12 new charter schools, predicts Jay Greene on Ed Next‘s blog. Why? Charters serve disadvantaged blacks and Latinos, not middle-class and well-to-do families. That’s bad politics, he writes.
“Rigorous evaluations of existing Boston charters show large test score gains,” he writes. Charter supporters are spending millions on ads.
Yet the charter expansion appears to be way behind in recent polls.
Education reformers are “so obsessed with social justice virtue-signaling that they’ve forgotten how politics actually works, writes Greene. “If you want to help the poor, you should design programs that include the middle and upper-middle classes.”
Here’s more from The 74’s Matt Barnum on competing claims in the Measure 2 campaign.