Carole Marshall taught at Hope High School in Providence until recently. Her memoir, Stubborn Hope: Memoir of an Urban Teacher is available for sale at Brown University Bookstore, Books on the Square, and Amazon Books. It's also available as an ebook at

2 responses to “No more charter school lotteries, pick students at random”

  1. Bill Flug

    I find it disturbing in this analysis that White, affluent parents filling out applications for LaSalle, Bayview, Hendricken or Mount St. Charles are implicitly seen as exercising the appropriate choice they possess. But when working class or poor Brown and Black parents begin to do that, it becomes a problem. I realize that progressive folk are supposed to be against charter schools, but your description of “sparkling new facilities, exciting media profiles, attractive young teachers, and the financially rewarding interest of wealthy businessmen” sounds more to me like the private schools your analysis gives a pass to than the non-profit charter school where I serve on the Board.

    An irony I observed in my years in Scituate was the large number of affluent folks who sent their kids to private schools – and then went to town meeting to vote against increases in the school budget. In my opinion, the education my children got in Scituate was modest at best and completely out of proportion to the affluence of the town.

    We will get nowhere until we recognize that school systems supported by local property taxes are little more than redlined education, with race and class as the driving differentiators. Rather than take from Brown and Black parents the little bit of choice they have, why not work instead to create truly equal, quality education for all children?

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  2. leftyrite

    Good luck, Carole.

    I taught in the public schools; therefore, I am a public school teacher.

    It’s notable that the campaigns to malign and marginalize always begin in what’s left of the public domain.

    Not hard to understand. Education should be a business. Understand? Like auto body.

    Of course, as some of us know from having lived in objectively better times, education is much more fundamental than that.

    The old Yankees and the rough and ready Irish who joined forces to build East Providence High School, for example, that beautiful example of bauhaus international style (no, Ayn Randers, it’s not yours)

    …was built for a reason.

    People wanted a community. A devastating war had just ended, people had suffered privation (good word).

    The better people, at least the more motivated ones, wanted a school that would enrich a community.

    That was a noble goal. The real estate mavens, and their artistes and pro-consuls have
    not governed as well. Their motivations are different.

    But, we held back. Now, we have Amway problems; bottomline, shareholder problems
    that won’t go away until the large corporate forces that drive them

    are brought to heel.

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