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Are ‘Uncool’ Cities Just Waiting for Their Own Supermen?

Being “uncool” and passive might be hurting some cities more than they realize.

In the gear-up toward 2016, all eyes are on the biggest, broadest education initiatives: a No Child Left Behind rewrite, the Common Core State Standards, standardized testing. Yet with those expansive measures came substantial indignation among those on the right, who abhor even the hint of a federal finger on education. Active parents who live in communities with public schools they deem unsatisfactory are increasingly seeking more options to give their children access to a better education. Those choices vary from charter schools to private school vouchers, among others.

But cities that have the fewest resources and exhibit the greatest need for charters – schools that are publicly funded but privately managed and operated — might be the ones that are seeing them the least.