The Wall Street Journal this morning (Paywall! If this link does not work, try Google and “tale of two schools one building”) has a tale of a charter and public school sharing a building and challenging student populations in New York. The success of the charter, if real, is astounding.
All of which raises the question why our own Patrick Henry is not doing better.
And, for that matter, what are Carver and Fairfield Court doing to achieve such excellent results?
Note added later in the day: Jim Bacon makes the point that the mediocre performance at PH is not an argument against charter schools: “The idea of charter schools is to foster experimentation. Not all experiments succeed. But you don’t know if a new approach will work until you try it. The good thing about charter schools is that if they fail and lose support, they will shut down. Conventional public schools are a monopoly.”
I’ll concede that, but real value is there only if somebody investigates and finds out why PH is not doing better. Given the generally lousy state of RPS, the PH experiment should be charmed.
Yet another interesting issue is the superb results coming from Carver and Fairfield. Either there is something VERY good going on there (with two of the most challenging populations in the City) or they have perfected cheating on the SOLs. I wonder whether an independent look at those schools might teach RPS a thing or two.