I've read the comments about the new look of the blog and I agree; the white is hard on the eyes. So Charlie and I will be tinkering around a bit so don't be surprised if we come up with something else (Blogger does give us some choices). We're also probably going to change the font to a serif one (as my book design past tells me it's easier to read).
Also, about the charter schools series. I probably didn't make this clear but I had hoped that the first threads in the series would be factual and (hopefully) mostly neutral. It is no use to all of us to have a discussion without having a clear idea of what it is we are discussing. I am, of course, open to discussion about whether I have my facts correct. Keep in mind, though, I am speaking of charters OVERALL and not any one particular state or charter group.
So that first thread on What They Are got a lot of comments and discussion going about whether charters are worth it which is great but kind of throws things off-track.
I'll try to proceed on with Charters and Special Ed (as I have found this to be a whole sub-section). This blog tries to be an open forum but I'm hoping we keep the fact threads and their comments on track and then have a no-holds barred discussion towards the end of the series.
My goal is to educate first and then those who feel they have learned enough to form an opinion, will then feel capable of adding to the discussion.