1. I think you are either ignorant or deceitful. In many cases, charter systems cannot by law or/and charter reject applicants based on selection criteria - they must accept all comers. If they have more applicants than slots, they must use a random lottery to select. -- This negates 1 point 4 also
2. This is usually true -- however I do not care, if a teacher is certified if the outcomes are good. Frankly, neither should you or anyone else. Certification is useless in and of itself. If the local principal and the families are happy with teachers, why should I care about a piece of paper -- shouldn't the closest and most involved be in a better position to judge a teacher than some certification process?
3. You think having to comply with insane testing is a good thing, clearly not? If nothing else, this should speak in favor of charter schools. I agree that we waste too much of the school year with performance testing, guess what, this is the result of trying to manage schools by a huge disconnected bureaucracy -- with control at the most local level, and school selection left to parents, there would not be the incentive to waste 2 or 4 weeks of the year on testing or the cheating.
5 It is true that they may or may not be better. But it is usually easier to shut down a dysfunctional charter school than a conventional public school. Oh, but the way, conventional public schools CHEAT on the tests too.
Socio-economic status is clearly a major factor, if not the major factor -- but it is very hard to decouple from the family influence.and the neighorhoods they live in. Personally, I am pretty convinced the family and neighborhood is the driving factor and the economic factors trend strongly with this.
The real question is why when some poor families are so thrilled to have their kids in some charter schools, escaping the horrid conventional public schools (esp. in those poor areas) -- why why why would I would want to close their charter and through they back in the cesspool. I
I think you need to get a grip on reality.
Personally I don't really much like charter schools, I would like to shut down every last government school in the country and support the education of the child directly -- i.e., the money follows the child. Just like they use in the Netherlands, as written into their constitution in 1917 so they have some experience with how well it works for them.
Here is is straight from the evil conservatives is an article that rebuts your claim about all virtually all the studies show how worthless charter schools are. But the way, it actually references the large-scale studies so you can check the claims.
Charter schools are clearly not always a good choice, they can yield bad results. But at least some of these lose their charter and are shut down. Very rare with conventional public schools.