I’ve previously written several times about my concerns about charter schools and how they are often described by some school reformers as the answer to all that ails public education.
I thought it would be useful to readers, and to me, to bring together some articles that I’ve found useful in learning about charters.
You might also be interested in A Beginning List Of The Best Posts & Articles On The Charter School CREDO Study.
Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools:
Schools Of Last Resort by Walter Gardner at Education Week.
The Myth of Charter Schools by Diane Ravitch at The New York Review of Books.
Charters vs. public schools: Behind the numbers by Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post.
What charter schools really tell us about education reform by Raina Kelley at Newsweek.
Charters: To Skim or Not to Skim? by former Executive Director Claus von Zastrow at Learning First.
Question raised about new KIPP study (with update) by Valerie Strauss
10 Things Charter Schools Won’t Tell You is the headline of an excellent article from, of all places, The Wall Street Journal.
Myths and realities about KIPP is an excellent column in The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog. It’s written by Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation. Here’s an excerpt:
The big difference between KIPP and regular public schools, however, is that whereas struggling students come and go at regular schools, at KIPP, student leave but very few new children enter. Having few new entering students is an enormous advantage not only because low-scoring transfer students are kept out but also because in the later grades, KIPP students are surrounded only by successful peers who are the most committed to the program.
The McEducation of Charter Students is a very impressive essay at NPR. It’s written by Natalie Hopkinson
More questions for KIPP was published in the Washington Post.
Charter Schools: What Would Dr. King Say? comes from Miller-McCune.
Measuring poverty in education policy research comes from School Finance 101.
Among Charter Schools, Inconsistency Begets Opportunity is from the Shanker Blog
KIPP Schools Enroll Fewer ELLs and Special Ed. Students is by Mary Ann Zehr at Ed Week. Study Finds High Dropout Rates for Black Males in KIPP Schools is also by Mary Ann.
KIPP’s Advantages — And Drawbacks is by John Thompson at This Week In Education.
Same Kids, Same Building, Same Lies is by Gary Rubinstein.
KIPP and Its Critics Are Both Right is by John Thompson.
Obama and Duncan Are Wrong About Charters by Diane Ravitch is a couple of years old but still worth reading.
The Offensively Defensive Ideology of Charter Schooling is from School Finance 101.
Low-income students and KIPP charter schools appeared in Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post blog.
Facts and opinion from Steve Brill’s new book comes from The Hechinger Report.
A ‘Summary Opinion’ Of The Hoxby NYC Charter School Study is from The Shanker Blog.
Peer Effects And Attrition In High-Profile Charter Schools is another great post from The Shanker Blog.
Reports on charter schools expose new problems is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.
New Charter Study by Mathematica With More Bad News for Corporate Ed Reform is from Schools Matter.
Matthew Di Carlo at The Albert Shanker Institute has recently published — in three parts — what is probably the best and most even handed analysis of charter school research. The three posts are:
Charter schools: public in form but private in essence is by Mike Klonsky.
New Policy Brief: The Evidence On Charter Schools And Test Scores is from The Shanker Blog.
Charter schools are not the solution: The widow of famed UFT leader Albert Shanker blasts ‘reformers’ appeared in The New York Daily News.
Charter Schools: The Good, the Bad, the…In-Between? and Studies Find Charters Vary in Quality, Creativity are both by Jackie Zubrzycki at Education Week.
Secrets of ‘miraculous’ charter management organizations appeared in Valerie Strauss’ blog at The Washington Post.
Charter schools aren’t the right answer is by Paul Thomas.
Are Charter Schools Public Schools? is by Diane Ravitch.
Time for Charter Schools to Come Home is by John Wilson at Ed Week.
How to fix the charter school movement (and what Albert Shanker really said) is by Diane Ravitch.
School Choice & Social Capital is by Justin Baeder.
Gerald Coles: KIPP Schools: Power Over Evidence is from Education Week.
Bad Teaching Practice #1: “I am Only Going to Teach Those Who Are Ready To Learn” is by Anthony Cody at Education Week.
Charter schools that start bad stay bad, study finds is from Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.
Surprising — To Me, At Least — Statistic On Charter School Teacher Turnover
Charter schools put parents to the test is from Reuters.
Special Report: Class Struggle – How charter schools get students they want is also from Reuters.
How charter schools choose desirable students is by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post.
The Line Separating Reformers from “Reformers” is by John Thompson, and is one of the more thoughtful pieces I’ve read about charter schools.
A Controversial Consensus On KIPP Charter Schools is from The Shanker Blog.
Charter schools possess no magic formula is by Kevin Welner and appeared in USA Today.
What Makes KIPP Effective? Review examines a recent study by Mathematica Policy Research is from The Great Lakes Center.
A new round of segregation plays out in charter schools is from The Hechinger Report.
Teaching Lessons: What KIPP Did—and Didn’t—Learn From America’s “Best” Teacher is an excellent post by Andrea Gabor.
Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City is from Forbes.
Charter Schools and the Future of Public Education is by Stan Karp at Rethinking Schools.
The charter-school lie: Market-based education gambles with our children is by Jeff Bryant and appeared in Salon.
The False Markets of Market Based Reforms is by Bruce Baker.
Chicago charter schools expel many more kids than district schools — new data is from The Washington Post.
The Tragedy behind Noble Street Charters – a Skimmed Lottery is from the Classroom Sooth.
New York Schools: The Roar of the Charters is by Diane Ravitch at The New York Review of Books.
Charter School Refugees is an excellent New York Times column by Andrea Gabor.
CPS fails to nurture a true vision for charters is from Catalyst.
EPI Stands By the Rigorous Methods and Findings of Its Report on Privately Run Charter Schools and the Rocketship Company is from The Economic Policy Institute.
At Success Academy schools, high-octane test prep leaves nothing to chance is from Chalkbeat.
Wait, Wait. Don’t Mislead Me! Nine Reasons to Be Skeptical About Charter Waitlist Numbers is from The National Education Policy Center.
Charter Schools Fail: New Reports Call Their ‘Magic’ Into Question is by Jeff Bryant.
What About the Kids Who Don’t Work Hard and Won’t Be Nice? is a great post by EdGator.
Charters, Public Schools and a Chasm Between appeared in The New York Times.
Everything You Need To Know About Charter Schools is from Vox.
What Explains KIPP’s Success? Peers May Be A Big Part of the Story is by Richard Kahlenberg.
Charter-Style Overhauls May Not Improve School Reading Deficiencies is from The Pacific Standard.
Why ‘no excuses’ charter schools mold ‘very submissive’ students — starting in kindergarten is from The Washington Post.
Why Don’t We Have Real Data on Charter Schools? is by Pedro Noguera in The Nation.
Verdict on Charter Schools Is Elusive is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
Teachers Are Not Superhuman is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
New York Chancellor Is Criticized for Remarks on Charters is from The New York Times.
The painful backlash against ‘no-excuses’ school discipline is from The Hechinger Report.
Charter Schools’ Arbitrary Rules Can Have Dire Consequences is from The New York Times.
When Charter Schools Are Non-Profit in Name Only is from The Pacific Standard.
Restoring Shanker’s Vision for Charter Schools is from The American Educator.
Ignoring One of the Big Problems With Charter Schools is from The Pacific Standard.
Smarter Charters is by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter.
Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools appeared in The Washington Post.
Charter Schools and the Most Disadvantaged is from Jack Schneider at Ed Week.
New York City charters leave thousands of seats unfilled despite exploding demand, study finds is from The Washington Post.
A Smarter Charter is from The Washington Post.
This is not good: Charter school company Summit Academy Management sues teachers who quit.
When Charters Go Union is from The American Prospect.
Union-backed group calls for pause in federal money for charter schools is from The Washington Post.
The Verdict on Charter Schools? is from The Atlantic.
Major charter school expansion in the works for L.A. Unified students is from the L.A. Times.
State Supreme Court: Charter schools are unconstitutional is from The Seattle Times.
What makes a public school public? Washington state court finds charter schools unconstitutional. is from The Washington Post.
California charter school scores dive is from The Contra Costa Times. Live by test scores, die by test scores.
Comparing Charter and Magnet Schools is from Ed Week.
Why Don’t Suburbanites Want Charter Schools? is from The Atlantic.
Charter-School Movement Grows—for Real-Estate Investors is from The Wall Street Journal.
Fight over charter school signals philosophical differences in how schools are viewed is from WBEZ in Chicago.
At a Success Academy Charter School, Singling Out Pupils Who Have ‘Got to Go’ is from The New York Times.
Cyber Charters Have ‘Overwhelming Negative Impact,’ CREDO Study Finds is from Ed Week. Study on online charter schools: ‘It is literally as if the kid did not go to school for an entire year’ is from The Washington Post and covers the same study.
— Ben Spielberg (@BenSpielberg) November 13, 2015
The Charter School Business is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.
Pondering Chartering: On Market Forces & Innovation? is from School Finance 101.
Selection Bias in Charter School Success is from Ed Week, and is by Walt Gardner.
‘Got to Go’: high-performing charter schools shed students quickly is from The Guardian.
Student Attrition And “Backfilling” At Success Academy Charter Schools: What Student Enrollment Patterns Tell Us is from The Shanker Institute.
Mother of Girl Berated in Video Assails Success Academy’s Response is from The New York Times.
Online Charter Schools Tested by Setbacks and Self-Inflicted Blows is from NBC News.
The Shift Away From ‘No-Excuses’ Discipline is from The Atlantic.
Beyond the viral video: Inside educators’ emotional debate about ‘no excuses’ discipline is by Elizabeth Green.
Unequal Discipline at Charter Schools is from The Atlantic.
Charter Schools Suspend Black and Disabled Students More, Study Says is from The New York Times.
A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift is from The New York Times.
Charters Suspend Blacks, Students With Disabilities More Than Peers is from Education Week.
What the Candidates Get Wrong About Charter Schools is from The Atlantic.
Hedging Education: How hedge funders spurred the pro-charter political network. is from The American Prospect.
Report charges many charter schools exclude children in violation of the law is from Ed Source.
Condemnation of Charter Schools Exposes a Rift Over Black Students is from The New York Times.
Do charter schools really help children improve? is from The Boston Globe.
Where Charter-School Suspensions Are Concentrated is from The Atlantic.
How Charter Schools Bust Unions is from Slate.
Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office is from The Washington Post.
Questioning Charter School Superiority is from Walt Gardner at Ed Week.
Five myths about charter schools is from The Washington Post.
The NAACP Takes A Major Stand Against The Growth Of Charter Schools is from The Huffington Post.
Push to expand California charter school enrollments provokes backlash is from Ed Source.
Massachusetts Voters Say No to Raising State Cap on Charter Schools is from Education Week (here’s a little more background on it from The Washington Post).
Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway? is from NPR.
California bill that critics say could cripple charter schools back in the spotlight is from Ed Source. It’s a bill that would stop county Boards of Education from approving charters that have been denied by local districts, and I sure hope it passes.
The Untold History of Charter Schools is by Rachel Cohen.
Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools? is from The L.A. Times.
In a city of charters, the LA school district runs many of them is from Ed Source.
Some KIPP Houston schools charged unallowable fees, agency finds is from The Houston Chronicle.
Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost. is from The NY Times
Success Academy’s Radical Educational Experiment is from The New Yorker.
US charter schools put growing numbers in racial isolation is from The Associated Press.
She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them is an excellent commentary on Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools. It appeared in The NY Times.
The problem with online charter schools is from Vox.
School districts need right to say ‘no’ to charters appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Did the Charter Takeover Improve New Orleans’ Schools? is from Ed Week.
Charter school CEOs get massive paychecks thanks to private donors is from The NY Post.
What New Orleans Tells Us About the Perils of Putting Schools on the Free Market is from The New Yorker.
Charter Schools: 7 Common Questions, Answered is from Ed Week.
With Democratic Wins, Charter Schools Face a Backlash in N.Y. and Other States is from The NY Times.
In Chicago, Tentative Agreement Reached In First U.S. Charter School Strike is from Public Radio.
Walmart heirs’ money influences black charter schools debate is from The Associated Press.
Do charter schools harm traditional public schools? Gov. Newsom wants to find out is from The L.A. Times.
Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close is from The Conversation.
California charter schools facing new oversight under fast track legislation is from Ed Source.
The Charter School Movement Washes Out in California is from The American Prospect.
Charter school cap efforts gain momentum is from The Conversation.
Charter school growth slowing in Sacramento. What’s driving the statewide trend? is from The Sacramento Bee.
Gov. Newsom’s task force recommends more discretion to deny charter schools is from Ed Source.
Big news about charters here in California:
Charter school compromise could intensify L.A.’s school board battles is from The L.A. Times.
Governor, lawmakers agree on new controls on California charter schools is from Ed Source.
Big news here in California: New era for charter schools: Newsom signs bill after intensive negotiations is from Ed Source.
Some interesting things I learned from Robert Pondiscio’s book about Success Academy is from Rough Drafts.
Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools is from The NY Times.
Charter Schools in Surprise Political Fight as Trump and Democrats Turn Away is from The NY Times.
Arizona charter school got a PPP loan, gave $10 million to shareholder is from USA Today.
Yes, some charter schools do pick their students. It’s not a myth. is from The Washington Post.
Can We Stop Fighting About Charter Schools? appeared in The NY Times.
Charter school charged students with 15,243 violations in one year. What gives? is from The Washington Post.
The Untold History of Charter Schools is by Rachel Cohen.
Organized teachers dreamed up charter schools — but their vision got hijacked is from The Washington Post.
Charter Schools’ Scary Future is from The New Republic.
— Dylan Wiliam (@dylanwiliam) September 21, 2021
Why charter schools are not as ‘public’ as they claim to be is from The Conversation.
Michael Bloomberg pledges $750 million to expand charter schools is from The Washington Post.
13 ways charter schools shape their enrollment is from The Washington Post.
In some districts, charter schools that educate a minority of kids are literally bankrupting the school districts they draw from that serve a majority of children. The minority benefit at the expense of the many. This is a failed model. https://t.co/HRym8Xntuw
— noliwe rooks (@nrookie) December 3, 2021
Bloomberg’s charter push: Big money and bigger political peril is from Chalkbeat.
Will Bloomberg’s $750M charter donation move the needle on public ed? is from K-12 Dive.
The Conservative College That’s Expanding to Charter Schools is from The NY Times.
New Biden Administration Rules for Charter Schools Spur Bipartisan Backlash is from The NY Times.
What the Biden administration’s new rules for charter schools say is from The Washington Post.
Virtual charter schools see enrollments rise is from The Washington Post.
Audit of charter school program finds big problems is from The Washington Post.
New analysis of charter schools from @NEPCtweet finds their education advantages are questionable but they do excellent job of disrupting public school system and steering public money to private organizations that hide financials. https://t.co/wxgLrT0clo #CharterSchoolFail pic.twitter.com/IFQ3ltcFgq
— Jeff Bryant (@jeffbcdm) November 11, 2022
— Andrea (@teachbk) April 19, 2023
NEW: Everything you wanted to know about religious charter schools, but were afraid to ask. Why is this happening now? What are the legal prospects? How can a “public charter” be religious? Why are charter advocates divided? What happens next?https://t.co/KBUjBdiwZH
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) June 6, 2023
I’m inclined to believe the broad outlines of these results since they align with other research. But:
—The effect sizes here are very small.
—The CREDO methodology is not great.
—The study features some, uh, rhetorical flourishes.https://t.co/wKmF2CGLs8
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) June 7, 2023
A Religious Charter School Faces Pushback From the Charter School Movement Itself is from The NY Times.
What did a big new study of charter schools really find? is from Chalkbeat.
"I'm shocked. Shocked." https://t.co/kU1IjPLUq9
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 10, 2023
The Charter-School Movement’s New Divide https://t.co/leQhsDxTv0
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) September 14, 2023
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