Friday, July 08, 2005

Crazy cap action in Ohio

100 new charter schools were set to open this fall in Ohio, but as of last week when the new budget was passed, only 30 will be allowed to open, according to this AP story.

What is odd to me is the way they are choosing these 30 schools: by lottery. Lotteries are okay for choosing students, but wouldn't you want to pick the 30 strongest candidates out of 100 schools? Or at least the 30 schools most prepared to open in September?

Charters in Ohio are getting a lot of attention these days, probably primarily because they have been so popular and therefore are making a serious dent in non-charter public school enrollment.

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