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Bringing quality schools to Virginia

Make no mistake - with 98 percent of public schools meeting SOL standards, there are large swaths of Virginia where students are academically quite successful.  But there are significant pockets - both urban and rural - where the public school systems have for years failed the educationally at-risk students who attend them, and where parents would jump at the chance for a better alternative if only one were available.

Quality charter schools like the KIPP Academies, Connecticut's Amistad Academy, Envision Schools, Aspire public schools, and Harlem's Democracy Prep have demonstrated their effectiveness in helping those students succeed.  

Shouldn't the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia School Boards Association focus on bringing those kinds of quality charters into the Commonwealth, rather than finding new excuses to keep them out?


Chris Braunlich is a former member of the Fairfax County School Board, and vice president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy.  The views expressed here are his own and do not necessary reflect the opinions of the Institute or its Board of Directors.  He may be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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