PBS education correspondent John Merrow notes that productive experimentation—the point of the charter movement—has fallen by the wayside as boards emulate each other and focus on test scores. Loyola professor Andre Perry, interviewed at the end of the podcast, says New Orleans had to decentralize. “The days of a single board running a hundred schools are over.” Perry stresses, though, that “schools don’t fix society. Society fixes schools.” Thus, school reform can’t ignore the need for community investment in the local education system. More on Perry’s education vision at Good.is. 

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...