It seemed to take a while for mainstream news outlets to catch up to the charter school critique issued by Hillary Clinton a week or so ago, but advocates and then editorial pages pummeled her broad-brush comments all last week and through the weekend.

On Thursday took issue with it as well:

“We take no position on the merits of charter schools. But we find that Clinton’s broad claim that “most charter schools” don’t accept or don’t keep the hardest-to-teach kids is not supported by the evidence.”

Fact-checking is a tough thing for newsrooms to do on the fly, but is something that is possible to do when claims are questioned. In a perfect world, claims made by candidates or advocates would be questioned and verified as they are being reported — not just by quoting reactions from opponents. At least in this situation an attempt was made to look into them after the fact. 

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Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at