Charter schools – publicly funded but privately operated schools generally free of most state regulations – are a favorite cause of Republican state lawmakers, and some Democrats. What’s unclear is how states hell-bent on financial austerity can afford to create what is essentially a new parallel school system of taxpayer supported charter schools.
If the American Dream is still alive – the one that includes a good job and a house with a yard, kids, and a two-car garage – you can see it taking shape in Wake County in the heart of the state of North Carolina. Signs of surging prosperity are everywhere this morning as I make my way to West Lake Middle School in Apex, NC, on the outskirts of Raleigh.
What were once sleepy two-lane country roads are now teaming with impatient commuters, school busses, and mini-vans. New housing developments, shopping centers, and office buildings are transforming the rolling Piedmont landscape.
At West Lake Middle this morning, cars and busses in the drop-off lane back up…
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