Sojourner Truth, a couple of blocks from us, was one of the many new charter schools that sprung up around the city after Katrina. Since the storm, with the decimation of our traditional school system, we've become a petri dish of charter school reform, with advocates on both sides of the issue watching closely. As with most things, the reality has turned out to be complicated: some of the charters have thrived; others have failed. (I know first hand, school reform ain't easy.) Sojourner Truth got off to a decent start but gradually fell apart at the seams and finally, this Spring, shut its doors for good. Meanwhile nearby, S.J. Green, the traditional-school-turned-charter (that a lot of my neighborhood center kids attend) keeps on chugging.