With Alabama now set to become the newest home for charter schools, lots of questions are being asked about them. At the moment school boards all over the state are trying to decide if they should sign up to be a charter school authorizer.
(I attended a school board meeting for one of the state’s largest systems this week. Their attorney lead them through a discussion about charters. It was evident that the board members are way behind the learning curve on this issue.)
The internet is full of info on charters–both good and bad. One of the sources I turn to is the Answer Sheet blog at the Washington Post by Valerie Strauss. She does a good job of keeping up with this sector and her writing is quite readable, unlike some of the research reports I wade through. I recommend you book mark this site.
Here is a very interesting story she has about Ohio and charter schools there that includes the following.
No sector — not local governments, school districts, court systems, public universities or hospitals — misspends tax dollars like charter schools in Ohio.