Charters in New York, Indianapolis

New York’s charter schools are performing well despite lower funding, concludes Seeds of Change, a Progressive Policy Institute report. CNN reports:

“Beyond improving student learning in individual schools, New York City charter schools act as ‘seeds of change’ for the entire school system in a variety of ways, some planned by school officials and some unexpected,” the report said.

For example, the report said, charter school accountability requirements “push schools to analyze student achievement data to expose weaknesses in instruction and governance.”

. . . On average, New York City charter schools receive $8,452 per pupil annually — with no funding to pay for facilities — compared with a non-charter average of $9,057 per pupil, with facilities provided.

Another PPI report looks at Indianapolis, where the mayor has chartered 10 new schools. Parent satisfaction is high, says the Star.

Eduwonk also links to earlier PPI reports on California, Minnesota and Arizona charter schools.

Oh, and here’s the Washington Times on the Hoxby study showing charter fourth graders do slightly better than students at schools they’d otherwise attend.

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  1. Mike in Texas says:

    From the article:

    Charter schools are able to operate free of many of the regulations facing traditional public schools so they can take new and innovative approaches to education.

    Doesn’t this just prove that all the regulations politicians are dumping on the schools are the major cause of the problems?