For example, the folks over at Reason.com have compiled an infographic detailing some of the positive aspects of charter schools:
- Charter schools receive 30% fewer $$$s/student than typical public schools receive. Yet, students attending charter schools perform better on standardized tests: 16 points higher in reading and 17 points higher in math. That’s “more” for “less.”
- Charter schools are more racially diverse than traditional public schools. In traditional public schools, Whites comprise 52.4% of the students but in charter schools, Whites comprise 35.6% of the students. Charter school student bodies better “resemble” the nation.
- Minority children from low-income families evidence real academic gains in charter schools. For example, Blacks students from low-income families attending charter schools receive the equivalent of an additional 6.5 weeks of reading instruction and 7.5 weeks of math instruction. No wonder the students score better on standardized achievement tests.
- 91% of all students in New Orleans attend charter schools. Between 2004 and 2014, the high school graduation rate in New Orleans has increased from 54% to 78%. Thank you, Governor Jindal, for leading an educational renaissance in New Orleans.
Better yet, a Brookings Institution and Harvard University study found that private school vouchers increased college enrollment for Black students by 24%.
The evidence concerning the positive outcomes associated with charter schools increasingly indicates that allowing students from low-income families to choose schools that work best for them is a better way to improve economic mobility than is mandating increases to the federal minimum wage.
How so? By decreasing high dropout rates, improving academic achievement, and sending more low-income Americans to college, graduates of charter schools ultimately will benefit from higher wages, higher annual income, and greater economic opportunity. The federal minimum wage can't accomplish any of that, especially when many of the adults working jobs that are paid that wage were compelled to attend failed public schools.
Why doesn’t President Obama and his pals over at the U.S. Department of Eduation “get it”? Could it be that the public school teachers’ union bosses—who support the President’s platform for public schools—aren’t willing to let go of their death grip upon the public school monopoly?
Let the discussion begin…
To read the infographic at Reason.com, click on the following link:
"5 Facts About Charter Schools."
To read the Brookings Institution and Harvard University study, click on the following link: