Do you have times when you wonder if it is possible to change minds and find a better way? Today I think it is possible. I read a post sent to Diane Ravitch from Stephen Dyer, a policy analyst in Ohio. He went to hear Macke Raymond from the Hoover Institute at Stanford explain her study of charter schools. Near the end of her speech she is quoted as saying that education “is the only industry/sector where the market mechanism just does not work…” Competition does not drive improvement in education.
“Raymond also made the point that the states that are seeing the best charter school performance are states whose charter school authorizers are focused on quality and have robust accountability measures — in other words, well-regulated. Yesterday, when the CREDO report was released, it was discovered that if online and for-profit charter schools are taken out of the equation, Ohio charters don’t perform all that bad. Problem is that more than 57% of Ohio charter school kids are in those schools…”
Diane Ravitch notes that the study was funded by the Fordham Foundation, a pro market group. Kuddos to Macke Raymond for telling it like it is. How can we help to drive this point home?