Republicans support them. Democrats like them. Bill Clinton,George W. Bush and Barack Obama all embrace them.
“Lack of leadership” in Richmond, says Jeanne Allen, president of the national Center for Education Reform, which grades states’ charter laws.
“This isn’t rocket science; it should be bipartisan,” said Allen, whose Washington, D.C.-based organization promotes publicly funded, locally operated charter schools.
The charter movement has surged in the past three decades. Today, 6,000 charter schools in 42 states and the District of Columbia enroll 2.3 million students, with another million pupils on waiting lists.
Yet a Watchdog,org investigation reports that Virginia remains a backwater, with just five charter campuses.