Monday, September 6, 2010

After the Deluge

Charter schools in New Orleans.
Public officials dramatically expanded the number of charter schools in the city. Today close to 70% of children attend charters. These independent public schools formulate their own budgets, control their own academic affairs, and make their own hiring decisions.

Schools now have the freedom to select teachers whose skills and philosophy match their mission, and vice versa. Students and their families have choices, too. No student is assigned to a school according to a neighborhood boundary, and any parent unhappy with his or her child's school can choose a different one.

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