Massachusetts should lift its charter school cap, writes Andrew Rotherham in the Providence Journal.
Although quality is not uniformly high, a study earlier this year by a team of researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Duke found that in Boston “charter schools outperform all other schooling options there, including the city’s pilot schools.” Schools like MATCH and Roxbury Prepare are national models, and outstanding charters can be found throughout the commonwealth. In 2009, six of the ten highest performing high schools on the language arts MCAS test were public charter schools, as were the three top performing high schools in math.
Gov. Deval Patrick hopes to sign a bill that would expand charter schools and create charter-like “innovation schools.” One goal is to lengthen the school day for high-need students.