Charters felt pressured to promise miraculous progress — but none met the targets
The Hechinger Report
OCTOBER 17, 2017
In 2008, a few years after Hurricane Katrina, school officials in Louisiana asked aspiring charter-school leader Andrew Shahan to consider taking over the failing Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in New Orleans’ Upper 9th Ward. About one-third of applications were either unavailable for review or failed to include clear numerical academic goals. She expected much more than ‘You’re going to meet state standards,’” he said.