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ERIC Number: ED615770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Portfolio of Choice: Charter Schools. Brief
Robson, Kelly; Graziano, Lynne; O'Neal Schiess, Jennifer
National Comprehensive Center
For nearly three decades, charter schools have provided families with a public school alternative to traditional district schools, but they have not been without controversy. Charter schools often come under fire for "privatizing" education, for "creaming" the best students, or for taking money from district schools. The schools themselves--and the policies that govern them--are often misunderstood. The goal of this brief is to provide state policymakers with a clear baseline of information about charter schools: what they are (and are not), how they work, who they serve, and how the policies that shape them can be strengthened to ensure that the students attending charter schools receive a high-quality education. Among the key takeaways are: (1) Forty-five states and Washington, DC, have charter school laws in place; (2) Approximately 6 percent of all public school students nationwide attend a charter school, and enrollment continues to increase at an average annual growth rate of approximately 9 percent; (3) On average, charter schools enroll higher rates of low-income, Black, and Latino students compared to district schools; however, they enroll comparatively smaller rates of students with special needs; and (4) While most traditional public school students live in suburban and rural areas, most charter school students live in cities. This publication is one of seven in a series of briefs on school choice from the National Comprehensive Center.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center (NCC)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A