Inside The Virtual Schools Lobby: 'I Trust Parents'

Anya Kamenetz, NPR, Mar 01, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a nice bit of investigating reporting by Anya Kamenetz. She explores " a costly and bitter feud, pitting state authorities and mainstream charter school organizations on the one side, and virtual schools on the other." The way it's told here, the virtual charter schools have a very low success rate and their struggles "have split the charter school movement." In particular, they've launched a political campaign saying "that test scores and other accountability measures actually don't matter at all. What matters, they say, is parent choice." In this interview on EdSurge she says " It's pretty clear that if you can't make a case for your school based on students' performance, based on test scores, based on their learning advantage, all you have left is to say, "These schools should exist because parents want them.'"

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