Twenty-six percent of public school students in Dayton, Ohio attend charter schools, reports the New York Times. That’s the highest percentage in the nation.
The flight of students from the public system has prompted the election of reform school board candidates. But Dayton’s school district remains in “academic emergency” status; some of the new charters also post very low test scores.
The story stresses that the school district gets no state funding for students who attend charter schools. Of course, it gets no funding for students whose parents choose private school either.
Fordham, which is located in Dayton, says the city’s charter students outperformed students in district-run schools in fourth and sixth grade proficiency exams.