With the charter discussion on everyone's minds, it's fortuitous that The City Paper's education issue is on news stands now.
All the stories are good, but I want to draw special attention to Andrea Zelinski's story about making sense of the data. After all, what good is choice if you can't tell what the information means in order to make that choice?
And, in fact, that's one of the things Zelinski addresses:
There is no shortage of data on school performance, graduation rates and classroom sizes, but the mounds of information can be intimidating for parents who simply want to make sure they’re making the right choice.
“Unless you really know what you’re looking at, it may not make a lot of sense for a parent,” said Matt Throckmorton, executive director of the Tennessee Charter Schools Association, which encourages parents to shop around for schools.
There are few things we do as a community more important than educating our children. It's important that we all are informed about the issues and challenges facing parents who are trying to get good educations for their kids and this is a great place to start.