The ability to fire terrible teachers works wonders
Despite the whining from the teachers’ unions, charter schools, on the whole, are a heck of a lot better than many public school districts. They have a freedom—and desire—to innovate that is stifled in union controlled public school systems. As the Economist notes this week,
“Charter schools have been successful because they offer freedom to shape the school to the pupils, rather than the other way round. Schools can change the length of the school day, fire bad teachers and spend their money as they wish.”
It’s a pretty simple concept. Two-thirds of New Orleans schoolkids are now in charters—and they’re doing better than ever before. It’s amazing what a little competition and innovation can do.
Read more at the Economist (1.5 pages).