Charter school studies provide mixed messages

Nov. 30, 2009
Research continues to show pluses and minuses
From The Washington Post: As President Obama pushes for more charter schools, the education world craves a report card on an experiment nearly two decades old. How are these independent public schools doing? The safest and perhaps most accurate reply -- it depends -- leaves many unsatisfied. This year, two major studies offer contradictory conclusions.MORE...from The Sacramento Bee: Charter schools have come into vogue as an alternative for parents and kids looking for innovative learning environments and higher test scores. California legislators have pushed through laws that simplify charter funding and lift a cap on how many can operate in the state.ALSO....From The Los Angeles Times: The Obama administration may be over-relying on charter schools as a means of remedying the nation's educational mediocrity.

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