Arizona has more charter schools than any other state. Charting Charters (in the Tucson Weekly) examines how these for-profit schools are doing. The findings are mixed — some are great, others are bad, most are ok. The article’s most interesting bits focus on how the charters are administered and how parents interact with them.

Overall, I’m not impressed with charter schools. The educational outcomes are not all that different from those of public school kids, and the money charters are siphoning from the public system would be better spent in the public system. I think it’s time to call this experiment a failure and move on.

Posted on November 24th, 2003 by Katxena