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California's charter school law is now five years old, and many of the charters created in the wake of its passage are up for renewal. How are these schools doing? Have they begun to improve public education as a whole? The safest thing to say is that, for many of us working in them, charter schools are more than we ever expected.
In October, the influential, nonpartisan opinion-research group Public Agenda released a report entitled "Different Drummers: How Teachers of Teachers View Public Education," recounting the results of a survey of the professional opinions of a sampling of this country's "professors of education." ("Professors' Attitudes Out of Sync, Study Finds," Oct. 29, 1997.)
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