My two cents:
You don’t have to be an opponent of charter schools to recognize this as a sensible refusal to dive deeper into idiocy. What is odd to me is the “big brother” aspect of this — local districts can’t make reasoned decisions about charter schools and therefore have to be overruled by state officials who know better? Charter schools can be — and in a very few instances have been — crucibles of innovation. Turning to them can invigorate public school practice, particularly when they are in the hands of seasoned educators who recognize the limits, misdirections and political constraints of the public school establishment. But pretending that simply being a charter school is a formula for success is silly as a presumption and countered by data. Those closest to the impacts and costs can be trusted to make sensible decisions. And MNPS board and admin made a sensible decision in the case of Great Hearts.
My colleague (at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University) on this turn of events: