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  •  and even at that, they are an abysmal failure. (1+ / 0-)
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    smartalek

    "Oh wait.  They are a business.  Not a school."  

    comparatively, charter schools do no better or worse than regular public schools. this means they are a failure, since they were promoted as being vastly superior to regular public schools. the money spent on charter schools may have just as well been burned or poured down the drain, it was a waste either way.

    •  Excellent point; but even more so, (0+ / 0-)

      ...if they can only maintain rough parity -- not the desired superiority -- with conventional, "mainstream" schools by, in effect, engaging in systematic cheating, it strongly suggests that, absent the cheating, in fair, apple/apple comparisons, they'd lose.
      That makes them at least double-failures.
      But wait, there's more!
      Since they're bleeding resources from the very same mainstream schools, they're also effectively robbing the taxpaying public, not to mention the charter schools' underpaid staffs, and their unions.
      Of course, since all of those are clearly the design intent of the whole charter-school "movement," it's not clear that that aspect can properly be termed a "failure."
      From their proponents' perspectives -- especially the shareholders of the contracting corporations -- they're working jes' fine.

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