Here’s The Real Story Behind The School Choice Debate In ‘Abbott Elementary’

Here’s The Real Story Behind The School Choice Debate In ‘Abbott Elementary’


After meandering for so many episodes in its second season, the teacher-based sitcom “Abbott Elementary” has finally latched onto a compelling theme/storyline: the urban public school’s competition with the nearby charter school. In its seventh episode, “Attack Ad,” the teachers of Abbott Elementary are the victims of a commercial that casts them in a negative light. The ad portrays Abbott Elementary as an incompetent and corrupt school, contrasting with Legendary Charter Schools that can save its students.

Although the show clearly takes a side, it actually does a good job of encapsulating the argument between public educators and advocates of charter schools. On one side are public school teachers who face many challenges, especially in the inner cities, but nonetheless think they prevail and offer

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