Do Charter Schools Matter?

A lengthy WSJ essay titled “A Tale of Two Students” seeks to make the case that students who attend public charter schools are given numerous unfair advantages over their peers who attend the standard neighborhood schools.   It seems plausible.   But, as the title implies, the story focuses on two students.  That is, to say the least, too small a sample from which to draw any useful conclusions.

via Glenn Reynolds

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  1. James,

    They might matter to the individuals who get a chance to go to them, but they aren’t pervasive enough to raise grades overall. Also, some of them are not well run, so they have quality problems of their own.