Charter school battle erodes middle ground

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Education reform has turned into such a bitter battleground, it’s easy to forget it was forged over a search for common ground: the best way to teach children and maximize their learning potential.

Instead, the policy debate has become so polarized that it often seems detached from the very people it is aimed at helping — parents trying to figure out the best path to a decent education for children with different needs and abilities.

Take the South End mother who recently wrote to state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz of Jamaica Plain. With a son on the autism spectrum who attends a district elementary school and a daughter at a charter school, this mother has a foot in two camps that are typically cast as competing with each other.

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