Tim King, Urban Prep Founder & CEO, shares his perspective on what criteria should be used to assess failing schools

A recent New York Times editorial noting that fewer charter schools were closed in 2011 than in 2010 has called for more charter schools to be shut down if “the movement is to maintain its credibility.” In fact, this seems to be a sentiment shared beyond the paper’s editorial board; rarely am I in a meeting with charter advocates, foes or those on the fence where the topic of charter school closings doesn’t come up. School closings are taken variously as a measure of the vitality of the school reform movement, and as a sign of educators’ seriousness of purpose in ensuring that all students receive the best education available.

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