WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a new report based on independent research, facts, and figures to address several myths commonly perpetuated by charter school critics. Separating Fact and Fiction: What You Need to Know about Charter Schools looks at inaccurate criticisms and addresses those claims by pulling together data from more than 37 sources.
Despite significant support from both the public as well as bipartisan leaders across our country, critics continue to make inaccurate claims about public charter schools, said Nina Rees, National Alliance President and CEO. It is time we have an honest conversation about the ways public charter schools have continued to help our nations students and that we set the record straight on the truth about charter schools.
The paper refutes several unfounded claims by explaining and further clarifying that:
- Charter schools are public schools and held to the same academic standards that all public schools are required to meet;
- Charter schools enroll more students of color and from low-income backgrounds than traditional public schools;
- There is no significant difference in the percentage of English Learners served by traditional and public charter schools; and
- Public charter school students do better academically than their traditional school peers.
Public charter schools across the country are working hard day after day to serve their students, continued Rees. We are proud of the work they do and the opportunities they have brought and will continue to bring to millions of our nations children.
Over the next four weeks, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools will address four myths about charter schools via email blasts and on their website at publiccharters.org/TruthAboutCharters and on social media with the hashtag #truthaboutcharters.
About Public Charter Schools
Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.
About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org.
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