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Like Charter Schools, Britain's Academies Aim High

rickmcq Wrote: Jul 16, 2012 4:19 PM
It will be interesting - and I hope encouraging - to compare the results of these charter schools with the local public schools.
LONDON -- 1776 is a number with great resonance for Americans, but not one you expect to be featured on a British government website.

But there it is, on the home page of the United Kingdom's Department of Education: "As of 1 April 2012, there are 1776 academies open in England."

Academies, as you might expect, mean something different in Britain than in the United States. They are, approximately, what we would call charter schools. And there are 1,776 of them largely because of the energy and determination of British Education Secretary Michael Gove.

Britain, like America, has gotten pretty dismal...