In 1988, teachers union leader Albert Shanker had an idea: What if teachers were allowed to create a school within a school, where they could develop innovative ways to teach dropouts and unmotivated students? The teachers would get the permission of their colleagues and the local school board to open their school, which would be an R&D lab for the regular public school. These experimental schools, he said, would be called “charter schools.
”"Charter Schools Are Making Our Public Schools Worse" is from the June 22, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Diane Ravitch and narrated by Jenny Hoops.