Bill Gates on charter schools

Microsoft founder Bill Gates told a huge crowd of charter school advocates, researchers, principals and operators that the non-traditional public schools have “the potential to revolutionize the way students are educated. But to deliver on this promise, it’s important that the movement do even more to hold itself accountable for low-performing charters.”

“The deal that allowed for the autonomy has to be a real deal,” Gates continued. “The freedom to perform in new ways means that if you don’t perform, things are shut down after you are given a chance.” (Full disclosure: The Hechinger Report, under which this blog is published, receives support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

Education Week also has an interview with Gates here.

You can follow all of the action at the National Charter Schools Conference on Twitter at #ncsc or #charters.

Richard Lee Colvin