NYC charter schools? Race to the Top? Retrograde unions? In the New York Times Magazine, Steven Brill explains it all.
As in his devastating and influential piece on rubber rooms, Brill lays out the facts and puts the defenders of the status quo on the spot. Here's hoping this article has a similar effect on policy as that one had. (It's too long to excerpt, but don't miss the comparison of Harlem charter and district schools on page four.)This morning, Brill went on MSNBC's Morning Joe to elaborate. "To me, the real value of charter schools is that they prove... that you can educate kids if they come from impoverished homes. It's not about poverty, it's not even about school resources. What the charter schools demonstrate is how good the public schools could be if they were changed."