A Democratic Guide To Public Charter Schools: Origins
May 13, 2019
Today, we’re releasing Part 1 which traces the origins of the ideas behind public charter schools back to leading progressive thinkers such as former American Federation of Teachers President Al Shanker, racial identity expert Dr. Kenneth Clark, and writer/activist James Baldwin.
It’s particularly illuminating to review what Shanker actually said because many observers cite Shanker as the go-to source for defining the “original idea” behind charter schools. While no one can know for certain what he would think about the charter sector today, what is clear is that Shanker’s views have been distorted by his successors. It’s especially unfortunate that these historical revisionists have succeeded in getting far too many elected officials, policymakers, and reporters to parrot their false claims. We’re here to correct the record.
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