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Why charter schools need better oversight

This governor and the Legislature have consistently emphasized the importance of high quality public school options for parents. Charter schools a key choice offered to families on average, have been performing at higher levels. This summer, an independent study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University pegged Michigan as a national leader when it comes to the quality of charter public school education especially in reading and math. The study estimates that, on average, Michigan charter school students gained an additional two months of learning every year in reading and math compared to their peers in similar traditional public school districts. In Detroit, the difference was even greater. The CREDO study estimates that charter school students in Detroit gained three months of learning compared to their peers in traditional public schools, and researchers concluded that public school options most benefit low-income, disadvantaged, and special education students. My husband and I made the decision to enroll our children in the Michigan Virtual Charter Academy after our family faced some serious medical issues, and we have been thrilled with the results.
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The most recent comparison of charter school performance to traditional public schools nationwide found that more charter schools are doing better. But a careful analysis of the study showed only a tiny real impact on the part of charter schools. Taken into context being freed from regulation, having the ability to select the most desirable students , implementing programs designed for test taking, having friends in high places to game the system charter schools should be kicking the tails of traditional public schools, not barley eking out gains after years of promises and bluster. Nevertheless, the myth of charter school magic is hard to crack. In Louisiana , when charter schools recently failed and were closed by the state, they were replaced with more charter schools. In Tennessee , the worst performing school in the state is a charter protected by lobbyists. And cyber charters and other online providers in the K-12 sphere notoriously under perform traditional schools but are being ramped up by policy makers in many states.
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