Will somebody read this bizarre article in the N&O and tell me what the hell the reporter is writing about?
State education leaders want to loosen the 100-school cap on charter schools to allow local school boards to free struggling schools of regulations.
Allowing more than 100 charters would require a change in state law. It's aimed at beefing up the state's application for Race to the Top, a federal education competition for billions of dollars in grants.
These would be new kinds of charters, converted from established schools and started by school districts rather than independent groups. The local boards would still need permission from the State Board of Education to run the schools free of many state and local rules that govern traditional schools.
I've been promoting a new kind of charter ... small schools run by school districts rather than independent programs ... so I'm interested in the idea. But who the heck are the "state education leaders" mentioned in the article.
Either I'm dense, or this is a very screwed up story.