As tensions mount over the prospect of hundreds of layoffs in the Cleveland school district, more coverage of Cleveland's small contingent of charter schools, and contention over Eugene Sanders' plan for the redevelopment of education in the city, there's limitless debate on the direction of schools in Northeast Ohio and the nation.
The New York Times published an extensive report on charter schools last weekend, part of which focuses on Cleveland and Perry White, a local leader who founded Citizen's Academy in Cleveland.
It's well worth the full read as the Times does an excellent job of putting the successes, failures, false starts and reputation of charter schools into perspective. The short version: Like everything else in education, it's complex.
Excerpt after the jump, but make sure you click on over to the Times for the full version.