Charter School Accountability

Published July 17, 2007

In response to your article of June 14, “Oversight boards were blind to charter school’s troubles,” it should be noted that no one in the charter school movement has ever claimed charter schools would be 100 percent free of impropriety. But when charter schools are guilty of impropriety, there is a very quick and easy way of resolving the situation–that is, revoke the charter.

If the charter authority fails to properly execute this responsibility, it should not be held as a reflection of the value of charter schools at large, as some in your article would have it. It should only instigate a conversation about charter authorization and oversight.

Michael Van Winkle ([email protected]) is legislative specialist for education policy at The Heartland Institute.