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Charter Schools Lose Their Way, Profits Intrude

Charter Schools Lose Their Way, Profits Intrude

As one of the founders and board chair of a small charter school in Connecticut, I am more and more dismayed at the state of the once-admirable charter school movement in this country.

In 1997, Side by Side Charter School in Norwalk opened its doors — the first of only 12 charter schools in Connecticut. I and the six other founders met every weekend for the two years prior to the opening to design an overall plan for a school that we were not sure would come to fruition. The application process was extensive and overwhelming. So when our dream of opening a school that was big on innovation and small on red tape was approved, we were thrilled.

Twenty years have passed. We...