Saturday, June 13, 2009
Charters Avoiding Special Needs
Interesting development on the "charter-school" front, as the Denver Post reports:
Colorado charter schools on average enroll fewer students with disabilities than noncharters — lending weight to long-held criticism of the publicly funded schools that are supposed to serve everyone.
While I have advocated Colorado's focus on "open enrollment" and charter schools as the best possible approach to reform, the long-held criticism that charters succeed simply by cherry-picking the best students away from neighborhood schools is definitely still a viable criticism. Even in Colorado, where the law states allegedly states there can be no conditions put on acceptance, it's obviously true.
Is this the problem that critics make it out to be? Does it diminish the arguments of "choice" advocates for competition improving schools? Does the "choice" movement simply ensure that some children will be "left behind"?