|Walt Gardner's Reality Check|
|Photo: Walt Gardner|
Here's why: Public schools have to admit all who show up at their doors regardless of ability or motivation. Businesses do not. Public schools cannot fire those who are late, perform poorly or are disruptive. Businesses can. Public schools rarely fire failing teachers. Businesses can, but those executives walk away with lucrative compensation packages that teachers do not.
In short, if public schools were truly allowed to operate like businesses, then perhaps a case could be made. I know what critics are going to say. What about the success of charter schools? Although they are publicly funded, charters are exempt from most of the rules governing traditional public schools. As a result, comparing the two is an exercise in futility.
Source: Education Week (blog)