An article in the New York Times documents how education reform imperils the progress of public schools. The article points out the progress a public school is making in a very tough neighborhood, and how that progress is endangerd by a Charter school set to open. That Charter School will not take ELL students, LD students, or behavior problems. Eventually some smart politician will notice public tax dollars must be used to educate all public children. When that happens, Charter Schools will no longer be able to cream top students who have educationally concerned parents, as this article now notes is happening. Charter Schools will be required to provide instruction to ELL students and LD students. Vouchers, if they happen, will require private schools to take public accountability tests. Private schools will then also be required take in ELL and LD students. If we listen to today’s reformers all of our schools will soon be public schools.
So tell me who is naive: Today’s reformers, or concerned citizens who advocate for delivering needed services to children in today’s public schools?
If we fix our schools today, meet the needs of students and eliminate ideologues, we can skip debate and make real change.