An opinion piece in the Indy Star on charter schools suggests that "IPS must not recoil from charter competition" and suggests that, "Charter schools are enriching Indianapolis and Indiana." The problem of course is that the author [Keven Teasley of Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation] uses their existence to somehow prove their worth. We can't deny the fact that they exist, and that they have waiting lists, but this is far from proving that they're good for the children of Indiana. In fact, as recent research from the Bush administration proves, they actually do WORSE than public schools in teaching children coming from high-poverty environments [see an earlier post Ignoring Research...].
Perhaps more troubling is a statement from the ol' GEO itself that cites their core belief in and support of "all quality means of educating children including public, private, charter, religious, and home (see above website)." Do you know what that means kids? Vouchers. Yes, tax vouchers for religious schools (of the kind that I myself graduated from), private schools, home schools. I advise you take a look at the Republican 2007 Education Agenda in Indiana which has this very component as part of the platform.