We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Charter schools are public schools. The good ones improve their communities, and the bad ones will hopefully go quietly into the night. It is not the charter schools that will fix public schools it is parents taking back their rights and their responsibility to give their children a good education.
There is a move afoot to create 'charter schools' with funding from various sources with the goal of offering choice to populations from districts with failing schools.
When you take the same demographics from a failing public school and put them in a charter school, you will, for the most part, get a failing charter school. The slight increase in measureable factors is due to the fact that it takes a tiny bit more effort for a parent to sign a kid up for a charter school.
Bottom line? We don't need better schools. We need better parents and students.
We need education and not public education as it is currently practiced. Current public education is a unionized monopoly that, like any other government business, places the welfare of its employees ahead of the welfare of its citizens. It also practices propaganda and political correctness which shows up everywhere today from grade school to university. Let parents decide how to educate their children with credits that can be applied to a schooling of choice whether public, private, home, tutors, or apprenticeships. There is a reason that government schools and government health care are floundering...get the government part OUT.