In a 6-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Board of Education decided to turn over 250 of its schools over to charter and other private operators. I'll definitely watch this story unfold with tremendous interest. Although I don't really understand all the ramifications of such a decision. I have to ask: Is This Wrong?
Is turning schools to charter groups and/or private operators going to foster competition and if so, is that a bad thing?
Will this help turn teaching into a profession where innovation is rewarded?
Do the teachers' unions actually have students' best interests at heart?
Who stands to profit from this? And do these folks care about education as much as they care about making money?
Some have said that this is a direct result of high stakes testing and the one-size-fits-all philosophy of education that inevitibly Leaves Children Behind.
But were we doing such a good job before NCLB and the high stakes test?
I don't know, but I'm curious.