Capitol Connection #650

Albany, NY – On this week's Capitol Connection Alan Chartock talks to James Merriman, executive director of SUNY's Charter Schools Institute. With an increase in the charter school cap being debated in this week's special legislative session, Merriman appears on the show to discuss the schools' performance statewide and debunk what he considers the myths about charter schools and their supporters. He talks to Alan about the accountability inherent to charter schools and a recent report from New York's biggest teachers' union that accuses them of failing to improve student performance.