Charter Schools Dodge a Bullet

C Two bills that would have deeply wounded the popular schools of choice are dead…for now.

Last week, two seemingly sure-shot bills were deep-sixed in the California legislature. AB 1506 would have placed a ceiling on the number of charter schools allowed in the state – the magic number being those in existence at the end of this year. A new school could open only if another had closed. Additionally, the more draconian SB 756 would have placed a moratorium on any new schools whatsoever until Jan. 1, 2022.

California Policy Center

The specter of unregulated schools was raised, but:this provokes the snark:

CTA president Eric Heins used the standard union mantra by insisting that the charter school industry in California has risen “without any accountability or transparency.” (Memo to Heins: Stop your hypocritical rant about accountability. California’s latest NAEP scores are pathetic. On the 2017 test, the state was near the bottom nationally, with 69 percent of 4th grade students not proficient in both math and reading. So maybe harping only on charter “accountability” is not a good idea.)


Frankly, the data keep showing that charter schools outperform public schools in many ways. If they’re so bad, lacking accountability and everything else, what does that say about public schools?