Key Issues


Advocates argue that charter schools will improve education for everyone, even for those who don’t attend them, but that’s not what the research says.

  • One of the best research studies on charter schools—published by the U.S. Department of Education—indicates that there is no difference between the overall average achievement of students who attend charters vs. those who do not, as well as no differences in attendance, homework completion, and safety and discipline.
  • A 2009 CREDO study that included about 70 percent of students currently enrolled in charter schools throughout the country found that while in a few cases charter schools do a good job, in most cases, they perform no better and are frequently worse than traditional public schools.
  • The 2009 CREDO report also suggested that increasing the number of charter schools in not the answer. Of the states doing the worst—Texas, Florida, Ohio, Arizona, Minnesota and New Mexico—the first four have 300 or more charter schools and rank below only California in the total number of charters. The states with charter schools outperforming non-charter public schools have fewer charter schools: Arkansas, Illinois (Chicago) and Missouri have fewer than 100 charters each, and Colorado has 140.
  • A 2013 follow-up CREDO study showed some improvement, but the findings remained mixed.

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Charter school news

• Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has a digital education division called Amplify. The Bloomberg News article “News Corp.’s $1 Billion Plan to Overhaul Education Is Riddled With Failures” outlines the company’s efforts to cash in on education without positive results. Read more here. • In New York, Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy is under scrutiny for […] Read More »

Jeb Bush’s charter school fail

  |   Tags: Charters, Finance and Facilities, Oversight, Quality, Transparency

Jeb Bush is still talking about the charter school he helped to create, even though the local school board shut it down in 2008. In a recent town hall-style event, he spoke about the school, but failed to mention its many shortcomings. The school, Liberty City Charter School, was featured in the New York Times article “Charter […] Read More »

New report on K12, Inc. in California

  |   Tags: Charters, Corporate Profiles, Equity, K12, Key Issues, Oversight, Quality

A new report from In The Public Interest examines a California virtual school managed by the for-profit education company, K12, Inc. The study focuses on student performance, management practices, and oversight mechanisms at California Virtual Academies (CAVA), whose students are “at risk of low quality educational outcomes, and some are falling through the cracks entirely, […] Read More »