Originally Posted by NMcNasty
Just the fact that you have to apply seems to show charter schools will get better students.
Smart parents that care about their kids education will seek out charter schools. Dumb parents that don't care won't. Dumb parents generally raise dumb kids.
Also the kids sometimes have to take public transportation for up two 2 hours each way. So that weeds out a ton. The head of the science & math charter school I volunteered at through my work said they had kids from 57 different zip codes. She also said most kids who applied got in somewhere (many apply to a lot of charter schools).
I understand that there will always be some crappy urban district that takes the troubled and unmotivated kids. But at least now the kids who really want to learn have a chance to get out of the chaos. There are a lot of intractable systemic problems in our inner-cities that aren't going away any time soon. But if we can at least create a realistic way out for kids with the drive to do it, I think that's a huge positive step.
Also middle-class urban parents who can't afford private school don't necessarily have to bolt to the suburbs when their kid turns 5 anymore. Which is a lot better for the community.