Why Charter Schools Are Foolish Investments For States Facing Economic Challenges

Charter school group calls for closure of West Sacramento school

I did an analysis of charter school report cards for 2011 and 2013, using the metric Schools with Students Like Ours, and found that charter schools are overwhelmingly performing about the same as or worse than our public schools. For example, when a charter school receives an absolute rating of excellent and public schools with students like ours tend to score excellent, I rated that charter school typical. In 2011, three of 53 charter schools scored higher than was typical for Schools with Students Like Ours, 17 scored the same and 33 scored below. This year, two scored above typical, 20 scored the same and 22 below. What this means is that charter schools are creating problems related to funding, student and teacher churn, re-segregation of schools and increased stress on the public school system while not producing better measurable outcomes than those that state leaders and the public use to criticize our regular public schools. This makes it hard to justify the recommendations from the Charter School Facilities Initiative to provide more funding for facilities, which are incredibly expensive and incur ongoing maintenance expenses. In other words, to add brick-and-mortar costs to the states ongoing investment in charter schools is making far more than a one-year commitment to models that simply have not performed as advertised.
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19, 2013 - 12:04 pm Copyright 2013 The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The California Charter Schools Association wants the charter for West Sacramento Early College Prep revoked.
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