A new report, which the government has kept secret since it was completed in November 2003, says that replacing failing inner city schools with privately run "academies" will create a two-tiered educational system based on social class. The research by PriceWaterhouseCoopers also says that it is unlikely that the program will "improve standards and encourage innovative teaching and learning".
It [the report] warned that the growth of academies and the introduction of a "quasi-market" in education could create a two-tier system. "There are significant concerns in the research literature about the extent to which quasi-markets can contribute to the development of a two-tier system which results in an increase in stratification of students by social class."
The report was prepared for the British government.
The researchers, however, included information about American charter schools.
The report looked at "charter" schools in the US which they said offered a "close parallel to academies in the UK" and found that improvements and innovation in teaching and learning had been "modest".
But this research was done by foreigners, so it doesn’t matter to Americans.