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In the 25 years since Minnesota passed the first charter school law, these publically funded but privately operated schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education, particularly for underserved students in urban areas. Between 2004 and 2014 alone, charter school enrollment increased from less than 1 million to 2.5 million students. Many charter schools boast of high test scores, strict academic expectations, and high graduation rates, and for some, their growth is evidence of their success. But have these schools lived up to their promise? Opponents argue that charters, which are subject to fewer regulations and less oversight, lack accountability, take much-needed resources from public schools, and pick and choose their student body. Are charter schools overrated?

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Gary Miron

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Gary Miron
  • Professor, College of Education, Western Michigan University
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A growing body of research as well as state and federal evaluations conducted by independent researchers continue to find that charter schools are not achieving the goals that were once envisioned for them. 

Charter schools nationally serve far fewer students with disabilities—8 to 10 percent of their students on average—than district schools, which serve 13.1 percent. 

Thursday, January 1, 1970

Miron reviews a report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which purports to “separate fact from fiction” about charter schools.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

This research brief details some of the prominent ways that individuals, companies, and organizations secure financial gain and generate profit by controlling and running charter schools.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Julian Vasquez Heilig

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Julian Vasquez Heilig
  • Professor, Sacramento State & Founding Board Member, Network for Public Education
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Julian Vasquez Heilig addresses the issue of educational injustice, especially for students living in poverty, in the context of top-down education reforms.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Julian Vasquez Heilig discusses NAACP opposition to charter schools and the incoming Trump administration’s policies on education. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In  this  article,  we  compare  the  enrollment  of  high-need  special populations  in  charter  schools  with  non-charter  public  schools  at  the  state,  district,  and  local  level

Thursday, January 1, 1970

At separate conventions this summer, the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter Movement—the nation’s oldest and the youngest civil rights organizations—passed resolutions critical of charter schools and the privatization of education. We may have reached a watershed moment for market-based school choice.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Julian Vasquez Heilig joins the Rick Smith Show to discuss school choice research and recent development in the civil rights community calling for a moratorium on charter schools.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Julian Vasquez Heilig joins Southern Arizona talk show host John C. Scott to talk about the implications of the confirmation of Besty Devos as US Secretary of Education on K-12 and higher education.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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Jeanne Allen

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Jeanne Allen
  • Founder & CEO, The Center for Education Reform
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Articles on charter schools published by CER. 

Thursday, January 1, 1970

Of course, now that charter schools are turning 21-years-old, it’s only logical that they are maturing into young adulthood. In areas where charter schools are well-known and high-performing, an annual waiting list has become common, each year longer than the last.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Many people know the old adage, often attributed to Churchill, that the two things one best not see being made are law and sausage. Indeed when it comes to education policy there is no better truism.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Center for Education Reform Senior Fellow and President-Emeritus Jeanne Allen on Governor Charlie Barker's bid to lift charter school caps.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

At this year’s national charter school conference, school choice warrior Howard Fuller argued that we must partner with anyone who is aligned on helping kids. Like him, I am never ambivalent or silent when the truth about education reform is at stake.

Monday, September 12, 2016

In Massachusetts, hundreds of anti-charter forces working to prevent the more than 32,000 students on waiting lists to achieve their dreams cackled over social media all night and day about the parody, trying to intimidate voters who might otherwise want to vote to lift their charter cap.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

It's time to set the record straight about one of the pioneers and most successful charter school movements in the nation.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

For the charter sector, progress has come at a price.

Monday, February 6, 2017
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Gerard Robinson

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Gerard Robinson
  • Resident Fellow, AEI & Former Florida Commissioner of Education
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As educators across the country work to improve educational opportunities and results for Black students, they have an emerging tool at their disposal: public charter schools. 

Last Friday’s 6-3 decision by the Washington Supreme Court that declared unconstitutional a charter school law — one approved by 1.5 million voters —  is an existential threat to the parental choice movement in the Evergreen State and across the nation. Here is why.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Gerard Robinson joins PodcastED to discuss the NAACP’s opposition to charter schools. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Breathtaking results from yet another study, and the announcement that three prominent Boston lawyers plan to mount a constitutional challenge to Massachusetts' charter public school cap, have reignited the seemingly endless debate about charter schools' place in the Commonwealth's education marketplace. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Showering public schools with funds has been a costly failure. Why not try something new?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Today, the role of public charter schools in the nation's largest school district is an example of a house divided.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Part I of a series of articles on the NAACP’s response to charter schools. See Part II and Part III here. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Background

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Overview of charter schools in the United States.

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Frequently asked questions about public charter schools.

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This e-book is a collection of articles published in Education Week over the past 25 years, marking some of the more notable moments in charter school history.

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Arianna Prothero

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Members of the NAACP Board of Directors ratified a resolution Saturday adopted by delegates at its 2016 107th National Convention calling for a moratorium on charter school expansion and for the strengthening of oversight in governance and practice.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
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School reformers keep talking about charter schools as if they were the answer to public education’s problems, when there is a great deal of evidence that shows big problems with the charter sector.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Valerie Strauss

Are charter schools a “progressive” idea for education? Some progressive sources would have you think so, but other progressives have challenged that framing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Jeff Bryant

And while charter schools encompass a broad range of teaching styles—some follow the Montessori model or have an ethnocentric focus, for example—many in urban areas follow a "no excuses" philosophy.

Friday, March 18, 2016
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Kristina Rizga

Charters were supposed to be laboratories for innovation. Instead, they are stunningly opaque.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
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Pedro Noguera

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Charters are supplanting the union-dominated school board model. The big winners are students.

Monday, September 5, 2016
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Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno and Brandon L. Wright

The charter movement is not only about opening charter schools—its goal has always been to fundamentally transform public education in this country.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
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Deborah Kenny

The venerable civil-rights group may sell out poor black children.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
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Poverty—not race—is the real challenge for segregated schools, and that improving school quality is key to closing racial achievement gaps.

Monday, October 24, 2016
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Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst, Richard V. Reeves, and Edward Rodrigue

Charter School Data

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This report provides an updated and expanded view of charter school performance in the United States.

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Through our valued data sharing partnerships with state education agencies across the country, CREDO has a unique opportunity to look at the urban landscape of charter schooling.

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Enrollment statistics for public charter schools in the United States

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