Charter schools aren’t just for poor kids, anymore. This week’s Education Gadfly digs out an interesting story from the San Jose Mercury about parents in affluent Palo Alto, Cal. successfully threatening to start a Mandarin immersion charter school if the district didn’t create one on its own. Some folks in the article think this isn’t what charters are “for.” Not surprisingly, the Gadfly thinks differently (All in). If you don’t give parents -- especially affluent ones -- what they want, then they simply exit the system. Which, as with health insurance risk pools, just makes things worse for those kids and teachers left behind.
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