On the front page in today's New York Times: On Upper West Side, Hurdles for Charter School
Parents, Acorn and the unions organizing against a charter school.
A charter school would be bad for the public schools.
It's never about the kids.
at least I got this one right
On August 20:
I keep thinking the politics of choice will be affected by the economy. Charter schools (and vouchers) are cheaper than public schools, and parents are happier (or at least spend fewer years of their lives being unhappy - pdf file).
Same academic outcomes for less money, with less stress on the family: put it that way, some of us are going to take that deal.
Looks like Eva Moskowitz had the same idea:
The guests sipped wine and nibbled sushi, guacamole and Gruyère — lawyers, bankers, preschool teachers, managers and consultants of various kinds, bound by the anxious decision they must confront in the months ahead: where their 4-year-olds will go to school in the fall.
Downstairs, a flier by the doorman’s desk had greeted them with a provocative question: “Why should you have to spend college tuition on kindergarten?” Back upstairs, in the stylish apartment on West 99th Street, Eva S. Moskowitz, a former City Council member who runs a network of charter schools in Harlem and the Bronx, delivered a tantalizing sales talk.
“Middle-class families need options too,” she said.