Chicago Trib columnist Clarence Page stands up for charter schools.
A closer look at the NAEP study reveals that 4th-grade students in Arizona, California and Colorado charter schools actually outperform their traditional public school counterparts in their states in reading, the pro-charters Washington-based Center for Education Reform found. Eighth-grade charter students in the District of Columbia outscored all other public schools in the district in reading. California’s 8th-grade charter school students also outscored their public school counterparts in their state in reading.
Eighth-graders in Colorado and Delaware charter schools outperformed 8th graders at all public schools nationally in reading and math.
Charter schools that don’t work can be closed, Page writes. “Public schools that fail to perform too often continue to non-perform year after year.”