Proponents of school choice gathered in Jackson, Mississippi. (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)
Charter schools have worked their way into the education systems of more than 40 states. Yet the debate over the role charter schools should play has left America’s educators divided. What does the data reveal about their impact? Listen to our discussion with David Osborne from the Progressive Policy Institute and Chester Finn, President Emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
- Cities are a hub for charter schools. And when they begin to populate an area, Osborne says district schools often respond by performing better.
- Hurricane Katrina had some unintended consequences on New Orleans’ education system. More than three-quarters of the city’s school buildings were damaged. Then, the Crescent City switched to a system where charter schools were the majority. Now, New Orleans is moving to an .
- Charter school supporters aren’t exactly who you’d think. Even though charters tend to help minority students, Democrats often oppose charter schools because teacher unions oppose them. Meanwhile, Finn says free-market Republicans are all for new charters, as long as they’re not set up in “their cushy suburbs.”
- Check out David Osborne’s book, “ ,” and Chester Finn’s book, “ .”
- at how the state’s authorizers are propping up failing charter schools.
- Neil Campbell that we should be celebrating charter schools.
- Al Jazeera examines the charters are having in New Jersey.
After this piece aired, we received a lot of responses on the subject of charter schools. So we've decided to update this piece with some different perspectives and a whole bunch of data. Here you go:
- from Education Next on who exactly supports charter schools.
- Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers and cites .
- The Stanford researcher who conducted the study .
- The Washington Post on charter schools.
- What the Trump administration for charter schools.