NC charters have not been “hijacked”

In a News & Observer op-ed titled “The hijaking of charter schools,” Edward B. Fisk complains,

As a longtime supporter of charter schools, I am distressed to watch Republican legislators attempting to hijack this once-promising notion for school improvement and transform it into a force for undermining public education in North Carolina.

This may sound familiar.  Fiske’s wife, Duke University professor Helen Ladd, has written a handful of pieces in the “I support charters, but…” mold.  For Fiske and Ladd, charter schools are good insofar as the traditional public school system keeps a tight rein on them.

Charter school founder Baker Mitchell crafted an excellent response to Fiske’s op-ed.  But, in reality, it is more than just a response to Fiske.  Mitchell’s essay is a thoughtful primer on charter school law, governance, and accountability from someone who has been immersed in the subject for over a decade.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...

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