Foreword: Comments to some statements/"findings"
2, 3, 4.
Meaning: Charter schools do not want to promise good performance.
Meaning: it is not a report, it is promotional booklet.
It's like asking Donald Trump to assess his own performance as the President. The result is obvious.
But if charter schools become less and less different from regular public schools and do not promise exceptional performance, what do they do, what are they need for? What is the mission of the charter schools?
The answer is in the next part of this post.
So, if charter schools are NOT for reforming public education, what are they for?
There are two major types of charter schools:
1. where there are many students from poor families - those schools do not demonstrate performance better than a regular school and is being used as a many-making machine and a bragging tool;
2. where there are just a few students from poor families - those school are basically private schools for affluent families where parents do not want pay money for an actual private school.
So, the mission of charters schools - not as an idea but in practice - is to be a money-making/bragging tool, or a "public-private" school for mostly white students.
The real question - how can we make ALL schools be good schools?
It's doable, but it requires a very different type of thinking about education in general and teacher professional development in particular.