Cynthia M. Allen’s column about charter schools completely ignores research that concludes that many charter schools are no better than public schools and others are worse.
Some charter schools get to pick and choose the students they serve. Many others admit students only by lottery.
Allen also uses “questionable” test data but seems to have no trouble generalizing about achievement gaps.
This is so typical of “reformers” of public education. Achievement gaps vary from district to district, and state to state. There are no easy fixes such as charter schools which take money and resources (and in many cases, the best students) from public schools.
The primary problems with public educations today are high stakes testing, attacks on teacher due process, inadequate funding, lack of or outdated resources, class size, an invalid accountability model and parents who can’t or won’t control their kids.