Friday, February 5, 2016

Should troubled districts fighting new charter schools offer a better plan?

READER POLL

Should troubled districts fighting new charter schools offer a better plan?

It’s outrageous that Camden rejected new charters when regular schools are so poor.
 
  146 (37.5%)
No, charter and public school performance are separate issues
 
  61 (15.7%)
Yes, otherwise it looks like schools are content with failure
 
  94 (24.2%)
No, if troubled districts had ideas, they wouldn’t need charters
 
  88 (22.6%)
Total votes = 389
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