Some St. Louis charter schools, founded to provide alternatives for inner-city students, are doing so well that middle-class moms are recommending charters to each other, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
New students are flocking to St. Louis charter schools by the busload.
But they’re also driving up one-by-one in the sedans and hatchbacks of mainstream America. They are coming from county schools as they transplant to the city, from city schools as parents throw up their hands in frustration, and even from religious schools, as parishes die around them.
After a rocky start, some charters now score as well as magnet schools, the Post-Dispatch reports.