Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Benefits of School Sharing in Action

On the heels of the positive news this week that 15 New York City charter schools can proceed with plans to open in space formerly belonging to traditional public schools (despite ongoing and disappointing opposition from the NAACP), Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott did what many education heads don't do often enough—he paid a visit to the schools affected by his policies.

It's a contrast with the actions of many anti-reform groups, who oppose various forms of school choice not based upon actually seeing how they work, but instead based upon a premeditated ideology that won't change, no matter the practical context.

A recent local news report very clearly highlights this contrast. In the first portion, you'll see Walcott visiting a model for how public charter and traditional public schools can co-exist in the same space. In the second portion, you'll see a group of citizens protesting similar charter openings in other part of the city. Is their opposition based upon the fact that shared space doesn't work? Of course not. Instead, they're wedded to a system that they don't want changed, no matter if suggested reforms might be useful.

The video, from Fox 5 News in New York, is below:

- American Federation for Children | Alliance for School Choice, MAG

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