Archive for May 6th, 2005

6th May
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, May 06, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

There has been a great deal of excitement this week about charter schools. The concept of schools invented from the ground up, run with minimal constraints of centralized control, is certainly attractive. But before we get caught up in irrational exuberance, we ought to look at the hard lessons unfolding in another reform effort, the smallschool movement, right here in New York City.

For the small-school movement, centered at the high school level, is imploding. Despite overcrowding in all high schools, the supply of seats in the small schools, most of which are organized around specific themes, exceeds demand. That is why last year a third of the seats in the scores of these schools already established in the city were filled by students who hadn’t requested them. (more…)