Reason Writers Around Town: Lisa Snell on Charter Schools


The Los Angeles Times recently reported on several Oakland, California charter schools that practice strict discipline and openly mock "multicultural specialists, ultra liberal zealots and college-tainted oppression liberators." Does these schools enjoy too much latitude when it comes to indoctrinating their students?

In this week's L.A. Times Dust Up, Reason Foundation Director of Education and Child Welfare Lisa Snell debates historian Ralph E. Shaffer over how much freedom charter schools deserve.

As Snell writes, "Charter schools are based on a premise of school choice, and parents are not compelled to enroll. If the discipline and ideology are too much, parents have other choices available. In fact, charter schools have led to systematic district reforms that have increased the number of high-quality choices for families."

Read the rest here.