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Winter 2015 | Volume 21 | Number 4

The Promise and Pitfalls of Charter Schools After 25 Years


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Executive Summary on The Promise and Pitfalls of Charter Schools After 25 Years

Although state laws vary widely in terms of the policies governing charter school oversight and accountability, these publically funded institutions, which receive freedom from the rules and regulations of traditional district schools in exchange for meeting agreed-upon performance targets, now serve an estimated 2.9 million students in more than 6,700 schools around the country. Moreover, the sector seems poised for rapid growth in the near future.

This issue of Policy Priorities examines the ideas that spurred the charter school movement, the evolution of the concept and rationales behind charters, and their current status as an education reform.

The Promise and Pitfalls of Charter Schools After 25 Years

Kevin Fitzgerald

This issue examines the ideas that spurred the charter school movement, the evolution of the concept and rationales behind them, and their current status as an education reform.

Charter School Students: Number and Percentage by State 2013–2014

Infographic depicting the number and percentage of charter school students in each state during the 2013–2014 school year.