IM, your statement that charters are in their infancy is really not correct. The Indiana General Assembly passed the state's initial charter legislation in 2001. That is 14 years ago. Your comments about authorizer intervention in poor performing schools is as I said in my last post, the way the authorizer-school relationship is supposed to work. It did not work that way until 2012 when the state started to get serious about school performance.
Let me fill in some blanks. In 2001, only two entities in the state were allowed to authorize charters. Those were the state's 4-year public universities and the Mayor of Indianapolis. As a side note, the Mayor of Indianapolis is the only mayor in the United States with chartering authority. Of the public 4-year universities, only BSU chartered schools, and they heavily criticized for doing it. So IM, to your point, prior to 2011, only BSU chartered schools outside of Indianapolis because the Mayor's authority was obviously limited to Indianapolis.
Now let's do a quick look at school accountability in Indiana. Poor performing traditional public schools get 6 consecutive years of F performance before the state steps in. The 6-year cycle starts all over again if the school improves to a D. Think about that... Over a child's 12 years of school, a traditional public school can be a D or F without any consequences. There is no timeline for charters. Ultimately, the authorizer decides the fate of the school, and like I said earlier, there is a higher percentage of D and F charters than traditional publics. Voucher accepting schools only get 2 years of D or F performance. After those two years, they cannot accept vouchers until they achieve a C grade. Given all of that, who is held to the highest standard?
I am a supporter of school choice, but school choice advocates did not (and should not) accept the excuse that it is difficult to educate kids in tough areas. After all, poor urban school performance is what started the charter school movement. As school choice advocates, we cannot say that we should accept poor charter school performance because these kids come to them from tough areas. In other words, there is no difference between the F a traditional public school get and the F a charter school gets.