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100% on board with this. Why are we allowing DCPS to shirk its legal mandate of educating DC's children by providing a "menu" of school choices, mostly private ones?

DCPS didn't create the charters nor do they control them, so I don't understand how you think they are "shirking" their responsibility in this way. DCPS competes directly with the charters.

Also I don't think DCPS is interesting in dumping as many kids as possible into charter schools given the battles they have to fight to close down expensive school buildings when DCPS schools are under-enrolled.

As for the "slow pace" of innovation at DCPS, they are innovating where they can do so most easily (with teachers) and trying to avoid getting into protracted public battles that waste staff time and political capital.

Charter schools do have a lot more flexibility to innovate on things like the length of the school day since they avoid union rules and have far less oversight than DCPS. Oh, and if your charter school experiment fails and the school has to close, there's always a backup in DCPS waiting there!

by MLD on Dec 13, 2012 2:50 pm • linkreport

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