Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Perhaps You Should Have Gotten a Less Indulgent Charter School Law Passed

Elisabeth Harrison:

In related news, Rhode Island chapter of Democrats for Education Reform has sent a letter to Governor Lincoln Chafee reminding him that the state could put $9.6 million in federal funding at risk if it does not pick up the pace of opening new charter schools. The grant calls for the state to double the number of charter schools over a three-year period. According to DFER, that would mean bringing four to five new charter schools on line in the 2011-2012 school year just to stay on track.

The problem is, I don't think anyone submitted a legally complete and valid application at all this year, so maybe DFER should invest in some people to help write applications. Particularly ones that fit the stupid, idiosyncratic requirements of our mayoral academy law.

But the whole idea that the state of RI could make promises about charter school formation in their RttT application never made much sense, since it is entirely dependent on RIDE getting good applications, and RIDE has no control over that. All they can do is start cheating and letting through illegal and incomplete applications, which is exactly what they're trying to do for Achievement First.

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