I can't say I'm surprised. It has been proven over and over that the private sector is better at education than the government, but it seems we as a culture just aren't paying attention to the facts. Or, maybe the teacher lobbies are too powerful, or probably some of both. I've spent a good bit of time in New Orleans over the years since Katrina tore up the city. The charter schools there are an amazing success story compared to the horrific public (read: government) school system prior to the hurricane.
Here's another story out of our nation's capitol that proves the answer to better education isn't more money, but less government involvement. The US Census Bureau confirms Washington DC Spends $29,409 per pupil. This spending figure is about triple what the DC voucher program spends per pupil—and the voucher students have a much higher graduation rate and perform as well or better academically.