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ERIC Number: EJ1063073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
More Middle-Class Families Choose Charters
Whitmire, Richard
Education Next, v15 n3 p32-39 Sum 2015
The rise in middle-class students attending charter schools is largely masked by the overall growth of charter schools: over the last five years, the number of charter schools has grown nationally from 4,690 to just over 6,000. There are now 43 communities where at least 20 percent of the students attend charters, reports the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Most of that growth is found in low-income, high-minority neighborhoods such as those in Los Angeles. Between 2005 and 2010, the percentage of suburban charters actually fell from 25 to 21 percent of the total. There are some compelling reasons why growth in charters that appeal to middle-class parents is likely to continue. As researchers have documented (see "U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests," features, Fall 2014), even middle-class and suburban parents have reason to find fault with their schools. And while most still trust their local schools, those who don't are enough to fill schools such as BASIS and Great Hearts. There are also obvious political advantages for the charters of having these parents onboard. This article raises a compelling question: Could this influx of middle-class parents be a political game changer?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Rhode Island; Texas