However, it’s this little detail that I thought was worth dragging out:
The Texas Education Agency has a total of nine people overseeing more than 500 charter school campuses. “They don’t have the capacity at the state level to do the job,” said Greg Richmond, president of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. Even so, the state’s education commissioner, Robert Scott, last year took the unusual step of granting Harmony permission to open new schools outside the normal approval process.
Nine people for 500 school campuses? Ah, Texas, you sure know how to do your government lazy. If you’re not going to trust your government big, you might as well not trust your government small either. Many advocates of various small government or market-oriented solutions to problems don’t realize this, or don’t sufficiently account for this in their thinking, but markets are fragile entities that need the authorities present at various times for various reasons. The market isn’t a clean model; it’s a chaotic, turbulent sea. Given the problems Texas has had with, for example, high-stakes test cheating, it might behoove them to keep and retain experienced regulators.