NC Policy Watch contributor Betsey Russell recently forwarded a story from the Akron Beacon Journal that raises further doubts about for-profit charter schools. It turns out that the Beacon-Journal has been conducting a months-long study of charters in Ohio and discovered that for-profit charters were consistently among the worst performers. As the article notes:
“Ohio’s charter schools have a national reputation for hiring for-profit companies that produce poor academic results.
Only three of 26 states had lower performing charter schools, according to a Stanford University study of states with schools in operation long enough to compare results.
After a year in a charter school, Ohio students typically lag behind district school students by weeks in reading and months in math, the study finds.
In most states, it’s the opposite.
A factor in the difference appears to be the motivation to make money.
Tennessee, New York and Rhode Island, which the study reckons have the highest-performing charter school sectors, are among the six states that ban for-profit companies.”
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