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Architect of first charter school law describes a path forward for education
An important element of the school reform movement is the sense of urgency to solve a problem. Waiting, people argue, means an entire cohort of students loses the opportunity to have a better third grade, which they’ll never have the chance to try again. Even a well-intentioned sense of this urgency has advocated a centralization of policy that takes control of classrooms away from teachers. Charters schools, which were designed to innovate, have been replicated into networks in a way that necessarily stops their freedom to do so.