In her new book, Dr. Lisa Delpit suggests that the original idea of charter school has been corrupted. She explains that originally, charter schools were designed to be “beacons” for educational excellence. Charter schools were to be designed to develop new approaches to teaching, especially for the most challenging populations of children. Their results were to be shared with other public schools.
As Dr. Delpit explains, the initial concept has been corrupted. She explains:
Now, because of the insertion of the “market model,” charter schools often shun the very students they were intended to help.