Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Argument for Charter Schools

From tomorrow's Wall Street Journal op-ed page:

Of the country's 20,000 high schools, only 2,000 produce about half of all dropouts. And a black child has a 50% chance of attending one of these "drop-out factories." The urban school problem isn't too many charters but too many failing schools.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that parents value on education has nothing to do with the drop out rate.

Greg

Doug H. said...

It has everything to do with drop out rate. But there are parents that value education that (because of where they live) 'have' to send their child to these dropout factories. If, given the choice of a charter schoool, surely they would jump. The threat that the 'good' students would leave, would hopefully bring pressure on the teachers and administration to increase performance. And, as we know, many teachers unions (not hte teachers themselves) are against measuring performance of its membership.