Are Charter Schools the Answer?

Paul ThomasPaul ThomasFurman University in South Carolina professor Paul Thomas posted a nice summary of what we know about the track record of charter schools, and Valarie Strauss re-posted it for the Washington Post here. He reminds us of the clear track record that demonstrates that the myth of charter schools is all about public relations rather than different results. In spite of that, the US Department of Education and billionaire philanthropists continue to promote the myths and ignore the data. Thomas' eloquent summary deserves to be circultated because the pattern he describes is true of charters all across the country, including Washington DC, where they enjoy more advantages than anywhere else in the country.