Charter schools are often cast in opposition to failing public schools: a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak educational landscape. Presented as a potential savior from a distressed system and a space for necessary innovation, charter schools are offered as “competition” that will also force district schools to improve. These stories share real-life experiences with choice and examples of innovation in all types of schools.
New York, NY
Radha details life inside of the no-excuses style charter school where she worked. Though initially conceived of as a community school steeped in the surrounding neighborhood's culture, the pressure to perform well on standardized tests sent the school's vision in a tailspin.
tags: charter schools, no excuses
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