More Regulation Won’t Fix Charter Schools

Published August 20, 2007

Your editorial of August 17, “Ohio charter schools: You can do a lot better,” implied that more regulation might be needed to make sure charter schools are accountable. But the opposite is true. Micro-managing charters with burdensome regulations is more likely to set them up for failure.

A better strategy is for the charter school authorizing entities to be vigilant about NOT re-chartering schools that are truly failing. That’s real accountability.

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