An interesting article on charter schools and school choice. He's right too that a lot of old responses to school issues have resurfaced: tracking, punitive school assignments, trophy schools, and top-down decision making to name a few. I like this project approach to curriculum but this is a good point: why not take it up in mainstream urban schools? Sadly, the view seems to be that "these kids" can't handle those types of innovative approaches (read urban kids, poor kids, kids of color).
“Jose Evans explains vote against school”
Turn IPS alternatives into charter-like schools of choice
Monday evening, with much thought, I voted against chartering the Project School. A community school seeking to help Brightwood through student projects is needed. Yet, the circumstances raised questions: Don’t we have enough charters? Why didn’t IPS come up with the “Project School”?
Reprinted from Indianapolis Recorder February 22, 2008 p. A 6