New data show stark differences in who enrolls — and remains — in charter schools
Kathi Skinner, former director of the Center for Education Policy and Practice at the MTA, researched and reported this excellent piece, recently printed in CommonWealth Magazine. Kathie Skinner is the head of Skinner Research, an independent consulting firm. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A TRIFECTA OF initiatives focused on raising the charter school cap, including Governor Baker’s legislative proposal, a potential ballot initiative, and a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Boston parents, has brought more heat than light to the charter school debate. The underlying argument of pro-charter school advocates can be boiled down to “charters are better than public schools while serving the same, or similar, student populations…
…A study released in October, “Who is Being Served by Massachusetts Commonwealth Charter Schools,” commissioned by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, analyzed five years of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) data since the law’s enactment and found that charter school enrollment practices do not support the pro-charter argument of “better than.” Rather, the data suggest that charter school enrollment – especially in Boston, Springfield, Worcester and Gateway Cities – is “different from” that of sending public schools…
Question: Why do rich folks like charter schools?
Hint: It’s all about making money.
“..As a result of this change to the tax code, banks and equity funds that invest in charter schools in underserved areas can take advantage of a very generous tax credit…”