A recent Harvard study found that Black students in particular made far better gains in charter schools than in traditional public schools (“Joe Biden must stand up for charter schools, New York Daily News, Dec. 3). Other studies have reported similar results, increasing the call for greater parental choice.
Readers of this column know that I support parental choice, including charter schools. But I hasten to point out that the impressive results posted by the latter come as no surprise. The reality is that charter schools play by a completely different set of rules than other public schools. They can admit whomever they want and can counsel out those who underperform for one reason or another.
I submit that charter schools are not intrinsically superior. Furthermore, I believe that if traditional public schools were allowed to operate like charters, there would be virtually no difference in outcomes.
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