. . . The charters, which have open admission and public accountability, have produced spectacular results. Before the reforms, New Orleans students — like overwhelmingly poor students in most places — lagged far behind more affluent students. Since the reforms, the achievement gap has nearly closed. . . .
This is a big deal. Not just better for the kids themselves, but better for us all: breaking the cycle of poverty, teenage pregnancy, dependency and crime; boosting the ratio of citizens who grow up to be productive, responsible, contributing citizens.
I keep coming back to this because imagine how amazing our country would be if almost all our kids succeeded.