CharterFolk Short – Don’t Get Distracted CharterFolk. There’s Too Much Great Progress to Be Made

Good morning, CharterFolk.

The wantonness of LA Unified’s decision to kick charter school kids to the curb …

… is provoking the next round of national soul searching among respected, reasonable folk who expect more out of Dems.

I understand the frustration.

At least LA Unified isn’t kicking out charter school kids to make room for a selective magnet …

… like Dems are doing on the other side of the country.

Meanwhile, the energy behind erasing educational redlines is being ceded to a coalition consisting primarily of organizations hewing right.

It’s a complicated world, CharterFolk.

A Republican governor comes to office in Virginia all full of piss and vinegar to grow charter schools.

Not a single new one has opened since.

Meanwhile, across the Potomac in blue, blue Maryland, a new charter was approved on an 11-0 vote last month.

Yes, there are still some Democratic policy makers who aren’t yet ready to embrace charter schools again.

But parents certainly are.

It’s leading to Establishment forces losing their zen.

That’s really what this is about, CharterFolk.

In blue Los Angeles, charter school enrollment is essentially flat over the past five years, but the percentage of students served in charters has never been higher.

Growth in blue New York has been absolutely explosive.

We’re on the offensive in blue Indy.

We’re opening new schools in blue ABQ.

The pendulum swings in blue Denver …

… and blue Philadelphia.

Don’t get distracted, CharterFolk.

There’s too much great progress to be made.

Quick Follow Up: Wonders Never Cease – The LA Times Writes Something Fair About Charter Schools

Hi CharterFolk.

Sorry to ping your twice in one day, but I owe you a quick follow up.

In today’s post I let the LA Times have it for their unfair treatment of charter schools, but I failed to see that the Times had posted this editorial at 5 am.

Wonders never cease! An editorial fair to charter schools coming from the LA Times!


Thanks to CharterFolk readers for tipping me off.

Meanwhile, we keep focused on the broader trends.

Recognition is spreading, CharterFolk.

Simple protection of Establishment schools that are not serving communities well is not viable for the long term.

It’s inevitable that such places will turn to charter schools more and more, including even our bluest, most urban settings.

We must make our plans for the future accordingly.

On we go.