NY Times cover story on charters: hits target

The reasonably balanced article praises Williamsburg Collegiate, where Jamie G teaches; but then slams a charter in Cleveland: The pace was unhurried; there was little sense of the urgency to impart and absorb knowledge that lends an electricity to classrooms at Williamsburg Collegiate. At one point, a boy put his head on a desk and had to be wakened.

Later the writer, Trip Gabriel, writes:

Perhaps the sharpest knock on charters — one that even some proponents acknowledge — is that mediocrity is widely tolerated. Authorities are reluctant to close poor schools. This is true. Our Achilles heel.