Charter vs. Traditional Schools – Comparing Apples to Oranges

Traditional schools see charter schools as competitors.  And I believe that this is a correct assumption.

Where I live – New Mexico – the State Public Education Commission denied three charter schools renewal charters because the charter schools failed to make adequate academic progress.  Yet the schools that these charters were competing against also failed to make AYP. Not once did the Public Education Commission request the closure of any of the traditional public schools.

All schools – public and traditional should be held accountable and required to make improvements in academics.  And state Commissions should require improvements in both charter and public schools.  I believe that New Mexico is not the only state to compare apples to oranges as opposed to comparing apples to apples.