“I believe in public education, and I believe in public charter schools,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said at Democratic Town Hall in Ohio on Sunday. “I do not believe in private — privately controlled charter schools,” the presidential candidate added.
“Charter schools are all public,” writes Anya Kamenetz on NPR. “And, each has some element of private control.”
More than 40 states — but not Vermont — allow charter schools, writes Emily Richmond on Educated Reporter. Some states let charter school governing boards hire for-profit companies to manage their schools or provide services. Others do not.
Nationwide, only 15 percent of charters are under for-profit management, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Twenty-six percent are managed by nonprofit organizations and 59 percent are run independently by the school’s leadership.
A 2014 Gallup poll showed lots of confusion about charter schools, Richmond writes. While 63 percent of respondents supported charter schools, nearly half thought charters were private and that charters could teach religion. Fifty-seven percent said charters could charge tuition and two-thirds thought charters could pick and choose students.