Full editorial here: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20121231/OPINION11/312310012/Schools-picked-right-time-withdraw-apps?nclick_check=1
It hurts the charter movement when there are weak branches of these schools.
This might not have been the laudable conclusion that the backers of three new charters reached when they withdrew their applications on Friday to open their doors in the coming year. But it is the praiseworthy result.
State residents, especially property taxpayers, along with elected leaders, should send the leaders of these efforts a dozen roses for saving us the expense of having to reassign students or provide last-minute oversight to yet another failed attempt at education reform.
The three schools that planned to open next September were not selected by the federal government to receive startup funding. But that doesn’t mean they were unworthy. The popularity of charter schools, privately managed, publicly funded ventures, have gained a reputation for improving academic performance and students’ scores on standardized tests.