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Diane Ravitch takes on charter schools

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

In a letter to Deborah Meier, Diane Ravitch questions whether charter schools were intended to compete with public schools.

Dear Deborah,

I noted in my blog last week that the visionaries of the charter school idea—Raymond Budde of the University of Massachusetts and Albert Shanker of the American Federation of Teachers—never intended that charter schools would compete with public schools.

Budde saw charters as a way to reorganize public school districts and to provide more freedom for teachers. He envisioned teams of teachers asking for a charter for three to five years, during which time they would operate with full autonomy over curriculum and instruction, with no interference from the superintendent or the principal. Continue Reading →