The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) has been documenting the rise of advocacy for charter takeover of public schools in South Carolina, paralleling a similar pattern in nearby states such as Georgia and North Carolina.
The problem with takeover models is that advocacy for the model is being strongly refuted by a growing research base showing that takeovers have not achieved the claims of success voiced by advocates and have often replicated the exact problems faced by traditional public schools, such as segregation and inequitable access to high-quality opportunities.
See this reader of research and analyses of that advocacy and evidence:
- Investing In What Works, Leigh Dingerson, et al. (Southern Education Foundation)
- State Takeovers of Low-Performing Schools: A Record of Academic Failure, Financial Mismanagement & Student Harm
- Whose Choice? Student Experiences and Outcomes in the New Orleans School Marketplace, Frank Adamson, Channa Cook-Harvey, and Linda Darling-Hammond
- Just the Facts: A Longitudinal Analysis of ASD Schools Before and After Takeover, Ezra Howard
- Review of Two Presentations on the Portfolio School Model (NEPC)
- The Sad History of State Takeovers of Schools and School Districts, Jan Resseger
- Another Disaster of the Accountability Era? State Takeovers of High-Poverty, Majority-Minority Schools
- Connecting Dots of ASD Advocacy: Don’t Buy It
- A Failing Grade for K-12 State Takeovers, Kent McGuire, Katherine Dunn, Kate Shaw, and Adam Schott
See also the Quality Education Project.