California charter schools get “more bang for the buck,” and may be improving at a faster pace than district-run schools, according to a new USC report. The LA Times reports:
“Charter schools are better able to increase student performance in a shorter period of time than non-charter public schools,” said its principal author, Priscilla Wohlstetter, a professor of education policy and director of the Center on Educational Governance at USC. “We’re talking about academic momentum.”
Charter schools spent 75 percent of revenues in the classroom versus 65 percent for district-run schools.
However, charter students who speak English as a second language achieved English proficiency at a slower rate. Caprice Young of the California Charter Schools Association speculated ithe numbers might be influenced by the “relatively large number of dual-language charter schools, where English learners continue being taught for half the day in their native language.”