When all is said and done, charter schools in New York City, if you count all the students and families forced out of them because of behavioral issues or low test scores, and all students, teachers and parents in school buildings where charters have been co-located, have insulted, demoralized and humiliated more people than they have empowered.
For every family who wants to get their child into a charter school, there are five who have suffered some form of abuse or deprival of education resources at the hands of a charter school.
This is the cold reality on the ground. If it weren't for the huge funding the charter schools get from the wealthiest people in the city and the country- funding which goes to politicians who support charters as well as the schools themselves- the charter initiative would be dead in the water.
And when the full accounting of the damage is made- damage in terms of test-driven, stressed filled pedagogy as well as abuse of students families and teachers- every politician who supports the charters will have a lot of explaining to do.
In New York City, the tragedy of closed schools, co-located schools, and uncontrolled testing is inexorably linked to charter expansion.
And this should be a warning to people in other parts of New York state as well as other parts of the country. The Charter Story in New York City is much more of a Tragedy than a Success Story.