I have to confess I've been a bit confused by the reaction on the pro-charter side. They seem happy to have won but also slightly miffed that the Governor didn't sign the bill. They also seem to be on a game plan to try to discredit anyone who disagrees with them.
Now that's a odd thing because we all have differing opinions about what public education could/should/does look like and just as many ideas about how to move the needle. I am baffled at the notion that any one idea should get more traction (especially without heavy supporting evidence) than others (like fully funding schools or more wrap-around services.)
Who is to say what idea or direction is the best? I'm not saying it's me but I'm also going to go out on a limb and say not Bill Gates, either.
An open and spirited discussion about all options, pros/cons, etc. is what is needed.
I'll leave you with this thought from Eleanor Roosevelt to consider:
Great minds discuss ideasI'll be back soon.
Average minds discuss events
Small minds discuss people.