Schools under the microscope

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2010 - 4:15 PM

In a sure-to-be-controversial documentary, charter schools are seen as silver bullets in the search for better public education.

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alicegtwOct. 1, 10 8:33 PM

Thank you, Mr. Covert, for pointing out the statistics on charter schools. In this data-driven age, when standardized test scores are held up by legislatures and media as the most important measure of a school's success, one would think that this movie-maker could have spent more time looking at the data concerning charter schools. If he was going to cherry-pick schools anyway, he could easily have found some great public schools, too. Public education has been a popular punching bag for too long because it's an easy target and this film just adds more mud to the waters.

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FrankLOct. 4, 10 9:35 AM

The point was that parents are stuck between pitiful local public schools and charters that require a lottery to get a spot for their child. If the charters are in such demand, why not take our tax money and replicate the model until the demand is sated. I think public schools are using "lazy parents" as an excuse, and are afraid of a "choose your school" system because they might find there are a lot more involved parents than they think.

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