The media are enchanted by charter schools, reporting only their successes compared with traditional public schools. But there is another side of the story that parents need to keep in mind before enrolling their children (“Charter Schools Have Failed (And We Need to Stop Funding Them),” The Progressive, Aug 20, 2020).
More than one in four charter schools close after just five years in operation, according to the Network for Public Education. After ten years, 40 percent are shuttered. When charter schools close, what happens to their students? When they enroll in traditional public schools, which by law must accept them at any time in the school year, they find themselves disengaged. Their grades suffer and they feel disoriented.
I mention all of the above because I think it’s time for a more balanced picture of charter schools to be presented to taxpayers. Until now, all they have heard is positive news. I support parental choice, but greater transparency is necessary if parents are to make the right decision.
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