Charter Schools Top Story of 2012

Charter school leaps forward, jumps sidewise, and steps backward provided the fodder for more news stories in 2012 than any other educational topic. According to research gathered under the auspices of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, the charter story was even bigger than the teacher union story, despite the recall election drama in Wisconsin and the bitter strike in Chicago. Special education, pre-school education and No Child Left Behind, in that order, captured the next three spots on the list.

In addition to compiling the actual coverage across the nation, the Koret Task Force identified five issues it thought deserved greater media attention—teacher pension costs, common core standards, U. S. achievement in comparison with other countries, online or digital learning, and the education reforms in Louisiana.

What do you think? In your opinion, did the media get it right? Or does the Koret Task Force have a valid set of complaints? Pick your top three stories of 2012 from the list below, which includes both the actual Top Five and the Koret suggestions.

After collecting your votes, we’ll let you know the Top Five topics chosen by EdNext Readers.

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