Caroline Hoxby on why charter schools close

It was never intended that all charter schools would be successful. As charter school expert Caroline Hoxby points out, the charter concept anticipated that some of the imaginative models adopted in individual schools would not work out for kids. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToVLYZOwxDk] According to the Center for Education Reform’s Annual Survey of America’s Charter Schools (requires free…

Cheating on tests cheats kids

The New York Times gets it right on this one. School apologists frequently whine that high stakes testing pushes teachers to cheat. But the Times doesn’t buy that nonsense, saying: “Groups that dislike standardized tests — and teacher accountability systems based on them — are blaming both for the cheating problem. But that’s like blaming…