The great charter school debate

Are they a fiscal drain on traditional public schools? How much latitude do they deserve in teaching ideology to their students? Ralph E. Shaffer and Lisa Snell debate.

Are charters a drain on traditional public schools?

June 12, 2009

Dust-Up

Are charters a drain on traditional public schools?

Today's topic: How much of a fiscal drain on state and local districts are charter schools? Is it necessarily bad that the proliferation of charter schools puts pressure on low-performing districts?

Who do charters educate?

2:17 PM PDT, June 11, 2009

Dust-Up

Who do charters educate?

Today's topic: Do charters take their fair share of special-ed students and English-language learners, who tend to be very expensive to educate and don't get high test scores? Are charter schools really teaching the same students as public schools?

How much freedom do charter schools deserve?

June 10, 2009

Dust-Up

How much freedom do charter schools deserve?

Today's topic: The Times recently reported on charter schools in Oakland that openly mock liberal orthodoxy and practice harsh disciplinary procedures. Are charter schools afforded too much latitude in teaching ideology to their students? How much leeway should they have?

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