Keller @ Large: Charter School Debate Becomes Toxic

March 25, 2014 12:00 PM
Keller @ Large: Charter School Debate Becomes Toxic
" BOSTON (CBS) – You might not know this from reading here every day, but I am actually quite an optimistic person.

I expect the storm Wednesday to take a right turn and miss us; I predict spring will follow soon afterward.

I expect the new shandy made from ‘Gansett and Del’s Lemonade to be delicious.

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But after spending Monday talking to both sides in the ever-uglier dispute over non-union charter schools and their role in rescuing kids from failing public schools, I’m thoroughly depressed.

Part of that funk stems from the fact that I’ve been following the charter school saga closely here for twenty years, and have seen the political climate surrounding it go from bad to horrible.

Charter schools started out here as a bi-partisan effort to break the cycle of failure in too many school systems and give working-class parents the same choice of a better school that more-affluent citizens have "

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