A telling story about a charter school controversy in a rural Alabama county

May 6, 2019 | The Washington Post

This is a story about a loud and rather unlikely controversy in a sleepy rural Alabama county over the establishment of a charter school.

While the specifics are unique to Washington County, the narrative is being repeated in states throughout the country. And the episode helps explain why the nearly 30-year-old charter movement in this country is facing a backlash even as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos continues to promote it.

In Alabama’s Washington County, a charter called Woodland Preparatory School has been approved by state officials to open despite several factors, including, the mayor of the town where it will be located says he doesn’t want it and doesn’t know anybody who does.

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