by Dr. Terry Stoops
Former Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
In “North Carolina superintendent defends Teach For America,” Washington Post education reporter Jay Matthews gives Warren County Superintendent Ray V. Spain the floor to defend Teach for America. Spain concludes, “My district’s experience with Teach for America has been overwhelmingly positive and with a corresponding positive impact on student achievement. I look forward to continuing our work together.”
In “Scary reading in charter school bill,” Matthews’ colleague Valerie Strauss complains about a proposed charter school governance bill, SB 337: NC Public Charter School Board. The bill would create an independent charter school oversight and authorizing board. Strauss argues that the bill would remove “any notion of accountability from charter schools.” Of course this is preposterous. Government accountability would remain but shift to a new board. Parental accountability, via choice, would continue to operate as it should.