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2008-06-18 06:00:26

By Alfie Kohn Charter schools run the gamut from inspiring to wretched. But the whole idea of "publicly funded private schools," as one critic calls them, is unsettling. And the prospect of more charters managed from afar by business-like entities trying to pump up test scores is truly frightening. Sure, it's great to give local educational visionaries a chance to experiment. But we should ask: *Will charters strengthen public education -- or pave the way for vouchers and other...

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