Behind the Headline: The Next Phase of D.C. Education Reform

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The Next Phase of D.C. Education Reform
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How Many Charter Schools Is Just Right?
Summer 2015 | Education Next

In the Washington Post, Richard Whitmire writes about a new report from the National Research Council that finds that students in Washington, D.C., including low-income minority students, are doing better. Despite the good news, Whitmire argues that “what worked to make things better won’t work to make things truly great” and that “District leaders need to be more aggressive about transforming underperforming schools, and charter schools need to get better at serving all students.”

The summer issue of Education Next includes a debate over whether charter schools should continue to expand in cities like Washington, D.C. so that a larger share of students are attending charter schools.  In that debate, Neerav Kingsland defends the New Orleans model, where nearly all schools are charter schools, and Scott Pearson and Skip McKoy defend the D.C. model, where the charter sector coexists with a good-sized traditional school district.

– Education Next

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