If we want to hold our schools and teachers accountable for the best education we can offer to all children regardless of their backgrounds, we must reject top-down education policy created by political leaders with no experience or expertise in education — notably rejecting Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations linked to test scores, the expansion of charter schools and the hiring of Teach for America core members.
Well, as always, Paul is painting with a really broad brush. States with public charter schools have their own laws that are unique to each state. There are thousands of public charter schools and over one million public charter school students. Short of saying that all of those students were born on this planet, it's pretty hard to make any "charter schools" are this or "charter schools" are that kind of statement, if you're serious about the truth, and I doubt that Paul is. Yeah, you can find some public charter schools that are terrible and then do a guilt by association thing, but the really bad public charter schools become closed. Really bad traditional public schools never die, they just get more money. I think that if Paul could limit his temper tantrums to just public charter schools in SC, it would help what he's trying to pass off as a rational argument. I think that he'll also find it hard to say that Palmetto Scholars Academy, Spartanburg Charter School, Fox Creek High School, Calhoun Falls Charter School, and York Preparatory Academy (all public charter schools with an "A" or high "B" state ranking) are providing "the students who need schools most the worst possible eduations."
In the end, I think it is silly to bring the charter school community of SC into this Chicago thing. Every time there is an issue in traditional public education in the US, the charter school community in SC doesn't say that a problem in Omaha is a problem in Orangeburg. We've got enough fish to fry here in this state without having to make some twisted leap of logic that the issues in Chicago really matter here, but, if Paul still wants to learn about Chicago, then he can take a look at some of the fine public charter schools there and let us know how they're "the worst possible educations." I've visited some of them before. Maybe you can, too.
The data of charter schools referenced by The Walrus: