22 Jan Charters don’t work for rural areas? Could have fooled us!
Charters don’t “work” in rural America? They don’t “respond to markets,” they “lack connectiveness,” and offer “no local benefit?”
Well then, count me among three advocates for rural charter schools who beg to differ with Matt Richmond, and the case he made against rural charter schools in Charter schools: An ill fit for rural communities?
The first dissenter is my colleague Terry Ryan, who leads the Idaho Charter School Network and studies rural charter models nationwide. He asserts charters and rural school districts actually have much in common because of their shared ability to do more with less, creating a responsively innovative environment in education versus the well-funded status quo exhibited by more urban institutions.