By Ben Boychuk and Joel Mathis
Are charter schools the conservative movement’s version of Solyndra? Education reformers – mostly but not entirely on the right – have long peddled charter schools as a solution to the nation’s education woes.
Such schools, paid for from public funds but run by private and nonprofit organizations, have more freedom to try different approaches to schooling. But trouble can pop up: In Philadelphia this week, the founder of three charter schools pleaded guilty to charges in connection with a federal fraud case that has ensnared other leaders in the city’s charter movement.