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What is your opinion about charter schools?

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evalamela | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM via web

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What is your opinion about charter schools?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM (Answer #1)

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In theory, charter schools sound like a good thing.  It makes sense that we should be open to having lots of different schools trying lots of different ways of improving education.  It makes sense that schools might be able to do better if they have fewer rules about things like hiring and firing teachers.

But in reality, there does not seem to be much advantage to having charter schools.  They do not, on average, seem to be doing a better job than public schools of educating those who are most in need of improved education.  Therefore, charter schools do not seem that valuable to me.

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