A teachers’ union and a civil-rights group take on charter school expansion
An article in The Economist on the NAACP/union lawsuit:
In reality, many existing school buildings are underutilised. Concessions on space get made on both sides. And it is not just charter schools who share space; nearly half of the city's public schools—751 of 1,675—share space in buildings. Dennis Walcott, New York's (black) schools boss, is bewildered by the NAACP's stance, especially as the vast majority of charter school students are black or Latino, the very children the NAACP wants to help. Stanford University released a study last year which found that New York City's charter schools produce "significantly better results" for their students in reading and in maths than traditional schools. The results also show that black and Latino children in New York charters do significantly better in reading and maths than in regular schools. We are "hitting it out of the ballpark", says Eva Moskowitz, who runs seven charters in Harlem.
Charter schools and the NAACP
Advancing coloured people?
A teachers' union and a civil-rights group take on charter school expansion
Jun 23rd 2011 | NEW YORK | from the print edition