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Commentary: View on charters not key to choosing superintendent

LA School Report | September 9, 2015

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By Sandy Banks

The hunt for the next Los Angeles Unified schools superintendent is on; the battle lines are being drawn. I hope the issue of charter schools doesn’t become a competent candidate’s Waterloo.

On the battlefield the issue tidily divides opposing camps: Are you for public accountability or private control?

But in real life, that’s a false dichotomy — one that plays to adult fears and discounts student needs.

It paints charter schools as the tool of business interests, intent on undermining public education. Indeed, privately funded reformers do seem a tad too eager to wade into troubled neighborhoods and create the equivalent of pop-up schools.

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