Chicago School Strike: The Failure of Charter Schools

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Thursday, 13 September 2012 04:47

A NYT article reports that one of the background issues in the strike of Chicago public school teachers is the increased use of charter schools, which is advocated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It would have been worth reminding readers that charter schools do not on average outperform the public schools they replace. If Emanuel is advocating increased use of charter schools he is either unfamiliar with recent research in education or has some motive other than improving student performance.