For those who missed it, my debate on Democracy Now! with charter school leader Steve Barr (mainly of Green Dot fame) is now online here:
New York City’s Charter School Showdown Re-Ignites National Debate on Privatized Education
As I mentioned on air, I’m not an expert on Green Dot schools or on Mr. Barr’s record, but a quick Google search will reveal that there is more to the story than he lets on in this debate. For example, see here for reporting on his role in the Parent Trigger scandal in Los Angeles, and here for some information about Locke High school. Mr. Barr is right that many parents are desperate to find a better school for their children, but the selective nature of charter schools means that the good ones can only be a solution for some parents, and too often the voices of parents who want to see their public school improved are ignored.