School officials are using the recession to fight charter school growth, writes Checker Finn on Flypaper. They argue there’s not enough money for new schools.
But of course it’s completely cockeyed. If every public-school pupil in America attended a charter school, the total taxpayer cost would be 20-30% LESS than it is today. That’s because charters are underfunded (compared with district schools) and thus represent an extraordinary bargain — even if their overall academic performance isn’t much different from that of district schools.
Our new president and his designated Education secretary are pro-charter so I expect charter schools to continue to grow, especially those using models proven effective with low-income students.