Charter School in Hutchinson to Close?

From the Wichita Eagle: HUTCHINSON — After the Kansas Department of Education recommended against renewing its charter, the Hutchinson Cyber Charter School is planning to try again. The Education Department recommended against renewing the charter last month, citing low enrollment and failure to meet goals originally outlined in the school’s petition. Under Kansas law, charter schools have three years to meet their stated goals.

We don’t know what the outcome of this will be, and we don’t pretend to be experts on this particular school. But the possibility that the school will close is a good thing.

Why? It shows that the charter law does what it promises to do: hold schools accountable for performance. A school that does not measure up goes out of business.

Too bad that traditional public schools aren’t treated the same way. Instead, we just give them more money.

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