Republic Series Shines Light On Charter School Gamble In Arizona

Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 2:43pm
Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 2:49pm
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Craig Harris.

Arizona has been a pioneer in charter schools since the early 1990s when the idea of creating a system of schools to compete with lagging district schools was brand new, and not many other states had attempted such an experiment.

Today, charter schools are a force in our state. And, as the Arizona Republic’s Craig Harris has been reporting all year, the massive industry is creating millionaires and raising questions about self-dealing and regulation.

Now, Harris and a team of Republic reporters are out with a year-end series on Arizona charter schools — from their inception to their power today.

The Show spoke with him to talk about it from the beginning.

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