The latest “magic bullet” education fad is the notion that a state-run “achievement district” should take over neighborhood schools after two years of low test scores and hand them off to private charter operators.
State takeover under this scheme would require no inquiry into the reasons for low ratings and no prior finding that a school targeted for takeover had received the staffing, funding or other support needed to improve. Once taken over by the state, the school could be run pretty much as the charter operator sees fit, and most state safeguards of educational quality and fair treatment for students, teachers and parents would no longer apply.
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Bridges is president of the Texas American Federation of Teachers.