The term “charter school”, in my opinion has been grossly distorted into a “hot button issue” keyword. The original design of a charter school was to create a learning environment that was less traditional than the public school system, in which would then result in higher test scores and a more encompassing education.
As Diane Ravitch states in her book, charter schools aren’t working. They are not producing any better results than public schools and in some cases are actually far worse. The lack of oversight and ability to manipulate the system are rampant.
What I am wondering … how can we try to reinvent the idea of the charter school? Or should we? Maybe instead of spending money to find alternative means of educating our youth, we spend that money on fixing our public schools. My question is, are charter schools worth saving? Or even giving a second thought at this point?