Thankfully, Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post has done her due diligence. See her response from an earlier Morning Joe segment about this same charter: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/to-morning-joe-about-that-charter-school-segment/2012/06/14/gJQAXXZkdV_blog.html. I suspect Morning Joe would be unable to handle the TRUTH.
And so I am calling BS when I see it on Morning Joe (and the other MSNBC shows that also promulgate the lies. I am looking at you, Chris Hayes). I ask each and every one of you to do the same. A colleague recently remarked that she did not see a change in the climate of the discussion about education changing any time in the near future. I think as long as we permit the BS to continue unchecked, this is probably the case. But imagine if we can somehow turn the discussion to childhood poverty, to funds being spent on tests and not services to kids, on reformers who know nothing about education suddenly leading the efforts to "change" education? If we could direct the discussion, might there not be some changes we could put forth.
So, BS, Morning Joe. Stick with your March Madness brackets, your interviews of "stars," and your reading of the morning papers. Perhaps if public schools had board members from music and sports and other entertainment venues we might gain your attention. In the meantime, I respectfully ask you to DO YOUR HOMEWORK when it comes to education. It seems only fair.