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After 20 Years, Charter Schools Stray From Their Original Mission

Instead of laboratories to improve all schools, many are now for-profit enterprises with poor report cards

August 7, 2012 | by David Morris


A charter school opens in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by hdes copeland under a Creative Commons license from

What we know after 20 years is that overall charter schools are no better than public schools. A great deal of evidence exists that, on average, they are worse.

On this, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the first charter school


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Why isn't anyone talking about for-profit schools?, by Dick Yarbrough

As of Friday, March 16, 2012

At the risk of sounding like Johnny One-Note, let me go back over my concerns one more time about the charter school constitutional amendment bill in the State Senate that may or may not have been passed by the time this gets to you. (My deadlines and legislative deadlines don’t always coincide.)

I don’t have a problem with charter schools. In concept, charter schools are fine. My problem is that nobody seems to be talking about for-profit charter schools. That is a


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Study shows charter schools still lag behind traditional public schools in test scores and are increasingly segregated by race and income

Contacts: Cynthia Huff, U of M Law School,, (612) 625-6691
Myron Orfield, Institute on Race and Poverty,, (612) 625-7976
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/24/2012) —New work, which both updates and supplements a 2008 study by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School, shows that after two decades of experience, most charter


What research & experts are saying about charter schools


AFT Innovation Fund Invests in Expanded Learning Time


The Georgia Federation of Teachers met with Executive Director, Jeffrey L. Ezell of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia on March 26, 2012 to discuss the steps that TRS is taking to maintain financial security, stability and sustainability.