The method can mislead unless we understand why students enter charters
and why students leave.
IT HAS NOW BEEN NEARLY 15 years since the first public policy debates emerged surrounding the invention of charter
colleges or universities.
We recognize, however, that, while we debate, charter
schools are gaining in popularity and religious organizations are already actively involved in establishing their own charters
While some yachts are now being built with corporate functions in mind, most charters
are reserved for family and friends because there's something for everyone.
run by independent boards have a real commitment to improve educational options.
Some parents have had to confront curricula that turn out to be pervasively religious, and others have been caught off guard by abrupt closings of financially drained charters
, leaving them desperately scrambling to find other schools to enroll their children.
Most states have a few charters
that never should have been allowed to start and a few more that cannot sustain the pace.
SCHOOLS: The Paradox of Radical Decentralization edited by Bruce Fuller Harvard University Press, $29.
The fact that traditional public schools experienced net gains in performance, despite a slight decrease in average student quality, suggests that our estimates of the effects of charter
-school competition may understate the true effect of charters
on traditional public schools.