It’s not at all surprising that most charter schools post far better outcomes than traditional public schools. They do so because they actually choose those students they want to admit, while other public schools must by law admit all who show up at their doors (“Do Students Choose Their Charter Schools, or Is It the Other Way Around?” National Education Policy Center, Sept. 21).
Charters can require that parents apply in person during the workday, write multiple essays and prove U.S. citizenship. These hurdles by their very nature screen out low-income and non-English speaking parents. As a result, charter schools essentially function as private schools. Moreover, they only allow students to enroll at the start of the semester, whereas public schools must enroll students at any time during the school year.
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